Ancestral Temple

Terence took this semi-panoramic shot of the ancestral temple. Also located in Liu Lin village, this building is still an active place where the Lao Association meets every year. Though it looks like an old structure, it is quite new by Chinese standards.

Notice the image of two “guardians” painted on the doors. They are considered the spiritual guards of the Liu Lin ancestral home.

Across the the ancestral temple is a lush green scenery of houses sitting in the middle of what looks like fertile ground. People in Nan An Ma Tou still ride bikes; cars are hard to find. The caretakers of the temple were getting ready to do some plowing when we came unannounced and asked them to unlock the temple for us. They were gracious and welcoming, even offering us tea. They also helped us pay our respects to the ancestors by setting up the incense sticks and teaching us how to bow properly.

Liu Lin Village

Why is it called Liu Lin instead of just Liu? Because these two surnames are from generally the same family lineage. The village was named after these families that eventually formed this clan.

Are we “Hao” or “Liu”? Several generations back, according to the stories told to us, one of our paternal ancestors carried the surname “Hao” but for the pragmatic reasons of societal acceptance and status, it was changed to follow the maternal surname of “Liu.” It was changed back to “Hao” when our great-grandfather immigrated to the Philippines. We are actually both “Hao” and “Liu,” both families of the same lineage.

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