People view Taoist mediums with both fear and reverence. Taoist rituals involving underworld gods can be shocking for the modern folks whose idea of religious practices are peaceful and subdued. When the deities take over the medium's body, they usually converse in ancient dialect and can appear to be rather hostile in their mannerism. In Chinese mythology, Hei Bai Wu Chang 黑白無常 are two deities who dress in black and white respectively and in charge of escorting the spirits of the dead to the ruler of Underworld. Depending on the person it encounters, the Hei Bai Wu Chang can appear as either a benevolent deity who rewards the person for doing good deeds or a malevolent deity who punishes the person for committing evil. Locally, they are also referred to as Tua Li Ya Pek or Dua Di Ah Pek, which means "Big and Second Brother". Ken (not his real name) talks openly about how being a Tangki has affected his relationships and how he tried to reject the calling but there was simply no escaping heaven's will. Ken have requested to remain anonymous for this interview.
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