Friday, March 20, 2009

Punters root for luck under 'Democracy Tree'

Punters root for luck under 'Democracy Tree'
Mar 20, 2009
The Star/Asia News Network

THE "Democracy Tree" in Medan Istana, Ipoh, is gaining a different kind of popularity - people are praying under it in the hopes of striking a fortune, reported China Press.

It is believed gamblers are "praying to the tree" to get four-digit numbers as Chinese fortune-casting devices, lots marked with numbers, have been found under the tree.

Candles, joss sticks, biscuits and tea leaves used as prayer items were also left behind.

A resident who lives nearby said the tree has been there for almost 40 years but it was only after the emergency Perak state assembly meeting on March 3 that people started worshipping there. -The Star/ANN

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