Lum tradition of bowing when entering and leaving the training hall is an
expression of thanks, respect and courtesy that is a cornerstone in the
development of character in a practitioner of Pai Lum.
The bow is performed by facing
the PaiJai with the heels touching and the feet open approximately 45
degrees. The right hand is held out in front of the chest at full
extension with the palm facing left and the fingers together and pointing
up. The body bends at the waist about 45 degrees and the eyes are fixed
on the PaiJai.
PaiJai is the
term used to denote the area where some form of small dwelling is located
that symbolizes the focal point of the training hall. It means " Pai's House"
and represents all that a practitioner of Pai Lum is. It is a way of
saying "Hello" when one enters and "Goodbye" when one leaves. It is an
acknowledgement of thanks and appreciation to all those who came before
to continue the art of Pai Lum and a way to remember them. It is a way of
acknowledging and developing respect and gives one a sense of honor.
Not only is the courtesy bow a
form of etiquette, but also in itself is an exercise to stretch and
limber up the back muscles.
is also not a religious ritual. Anyone that is not allowed to bow by his or her
religion or personal beliefs, need not bow. It is not required to bow in
order to study Pai Lum. It is etiquette and tradition, not an article of
The character for PaiJai
was created by Pai, Li Lung and is a blending of the Chinese characters for Pai
and house, and it is used in this new form in the study of Pai Lum.
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