Hon cop. The Lord Tiger in Vietnamese. Not too sure about the spelling. Why my parents used a Vietnamese name in Cambodia beats me. (Tiger in Khmer is Khla) But that was the name I knew, when I met a tiger face to face for the first time. I wrote about that encounter in “The little boy and the tiger” in a previous post:
Lord Tiger is a fine name. Then came the infamous Shere Khan. My father would read us the Jungle book, during the long starry African nights. No TV then. Thank God for small favours.
Mowgly and Shere Khan, by Paul Durant, in Le livre de la jungle, (c) Delagrave, 1962.
White tiger, Singapore zoo, 2017.
The lord Tiger is the largest and most ferocious predator on Earth. They roamed the planet in most of Asia. There were 100,000 tigers in the early 1900’s. Only 3,000 to 4,000 remain in the wild today. Half in India.
Unlike cats, tigers love water. Singapore zoo. 2017. Tuan marimau would be the Malay name?
A rare California tiger. San Francisco. 2016.
My Lord Tiger in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. 2017
Like the Dragon, my Lord Tiger is ever present in Chinese representations. Here at a Buddhist temple in Penang.
Or here. Is that a warrior facing the dreaded Tiger?
At second glance I realize that most tiger representations in Chinese temples involve a Mother Tiger and her cub. A symbol of motherly love? Family? Note the bat above and the exquisite flowers and birds work on either side of the Mother Tiger
The despised rival. By the Tiger. Lion on Khao San Road, Bangkok.
Tiger beer is perfect for a hot afternoon. Try the Black Tiger if you ever have the chance.
The Lord Tiger is everywhere. Even as the base of a shrine:
Shrine. Georgetown, Penang. Lao Hu would be Lord Tiger in Mandarin? With a bunch of accents my keyboard does not handle.
Strangely enough, hardly saw any tiger in Bangkok. Live or represented. Except for this shrine, a tad dilapidated, on the way to Khlong Ban Luang, where the Artist House is. Preamcheasa Khla would be the Lord Tiger in Thai.
Scotty claims to be working on transferring the family 8mm movies to digital. But it’s taking forever. Will have to do it myself. ‘Meantime, here is a photo of a copy of the original film of yours truly with the Baby Tiger in Phnom Penh, c.1957:
Leap saamnang. 🙂