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Boiling wok stunt claims the life of a Malaysian medium

Boiling wok stunt claims the life of a Malaysian medium

The funeral took place today of a Taoist medium – Lim Ba, 68 – who died while performing a human steaming ritual as part of a Nine Emperor Gods prayer session in Malaysia.

The ritual, according to the Telegraph, involved Lim Ba sitting on a wooden platform above a bubbling wok covered by a giant metal lid.

Half an hour into the performance devotees witnessing the event heard banging noises. As the lid was opened, the victim was found  unconscious.

Lim Ba was found to have suffered from a heart attack and burns during the performance.

The famous medium had been performing the ritual for ten years, but having undergone heart surgery last year.

The Star in Malaysia reported that the medium was cremated today after a five-day wake.

Dozens of his friends took turns to carry his coffin in a procession for a distance of about 400 metres before he was loaded into a van for his final journey to Nian En Memorial Park.

The procession was followed by Lim Ba’s wife Ch’ng Siew Hong, children Lim Wei Ling,37, Lim Wei Ru, 33, Lim Kang Huai, 32 and their spouses.

This followed a funeral ceremony which was held at his home at Lubuk Pinang in Kerpan.

Lim Ba was not a well man when he chose to repeat the steaming stunt he has been performing for ten years. He had undergone a heart bypass last year due to on and off breathing difficulties and was also on medication for hypertension.

He was enclosed above the steaming wok at the Kuala Sanglang Qinglong temple but 30 minutes later was found unconscious when the lid was lifted and h was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

The ritual is one of the many acts performed at festivals in multi-ethnic Malaysia, designed to depict immense physical strength and endurance.

Ethnic Chinese make up a quarter of Malaysia’s 31 million inhabitants, with the majority following Taoism, a philosophical and religious belief system rooted in Chinese and Buddhist customs.

Hat tip: Gill Kerry

18 responses to “Boiling wok stunt claims the life of a Malaysian medium”

  1. gert says:

    Great steaming idiot.

  2. L.Long says:

    God wins 0, biology gets 1. Which one has the power?

  3. Stephen Mynett says:

    “The ritual is one of the many acts performed at festivals in multi-ethnic Malaysia.”

    Is there any history of cannibalism in that area, if so this could have been and even more multi-ethnic and cultural event, the funeral meal could have been rice with steamed long-pig.

  4. barriejohn says:

    He wasn’t medium then, he was well done.

  5. Ate Berga says:

    “Serves” him right.

  6. ray metcalfe says:

    This ritual was designed to show immense strength and endurance. It showed immense stupidity Any death is to be regretted but I am afraid this just shows complete stupidity

  7. CoastalMaineBird says:

    He wasn’t medium then, he was well done.

    A rare feet, indeed.

  8. John the Drunkard says:

    Where was Gwyneth Paltrow?

  9. Arnold says:

    Oh well done!

  10. Broga says:

    Sometimes I think the rituals cannot get any more weird and then they do. I wonder who thought this one up?

  11. tonye says:

    I bet he did not see that coming……..

    I’ll get my coat.

  12. RussellW says:

    I’d like to nominate Lim Ba for this years’s Darwin Award.

  13. 1859 says:

    What is there to get so steamed up about?

  14. Vanity Unfair says:

    That’s not the way to do it.

  15. Robster says:

    So the cooked fellow was a “Taoist medium “! Today, more a toasted medium.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Here’s a bit of good news, to contrast with this deluded fellow’s idiocy:

    Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis was accessed more than two million times within days of it being made available to the public, it has been revealed.

    Prof Hawking’s 1966 work proved so popular on the day of its release it crashed the publications section of Cambridge University’s website.

    More than 500,000 people have also tried to download the paper, titled “Properties of expanding universes”.

    Dr Arthur Smith, from the university, called the figures “monumental”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-41775910

    Maybe there is hope yet, though I’m hoping that’s not Arthur Smith the comedian having us on!

  17. Smokey says:

    Science trumps superstition, yet again. Every time, actually. Darwin strikes again. Give the idiot an award! Too bad he managed to procreate. I hope his children are infertile.

    I presume the idiot’s idiot followers are waiting for him to rise from the ashes, like a frickin’ Phoenix. Well, idiocy does tend to resurface, like Pat Robertson.

  18. Brian Jordan says:

    Dr Arthur Smith, from the university, called the figures “monumental”.
    Astronomical, even.

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