Date
19 January 2017
Appearing as an expert witness in a District Court hearing, Abbot Lee Yiu-fa refuses to look at pictures of a naked woman used as evidence in the trial, saying he can't do so while wearing a Taoist robe. Photos: Internet
Appearing as an expert witness in a District Court hearing, Abbot Lee Yiu-fa refuses to look at pictures of a naked woman used as evidence in the trial, saying he can't do so while wearing a Taoist robe. Photos: Internet

Sexual intercourse for luck? That’s not Taoism, abbot says

A senior Taoist priest, or “daoshi”, said he has never heard of “sexual intercourse for luck”, which was used by a defendant as the reason to have sex with a young woman in a hotel.

Appearing as an expert witness at the District Court on Thursday, Abbot Lee Yiu-fai testified that a Taoist priest always chooses carefully the venue to perform Taoist practices for those who seek help, and a hotel is definitely not a proper venue, Apple Daily reports.

Lee is from Sik Sik Yuen, a charitable organization that runs the Wong Tai Sin Temple.

A 43-year-old man, surnamed Lo, who is an interior designer by profession, was charged with posing as a daoshi and coaxing a 24-year-old woman into having sex with him four times in 2014 and taking naked photos of her.

Lo told her that he had the power to change her luck but it was required of her to have sex with him.

The woman believed him and let him have his way as she wanted to gain luck and save her relationship with her boyfriend.

She realized later that she had been deceived and subsequently she filed a lawsuit against him.

A daoshi only prays for blessing for believers but never helps in changing their luck, said Lee, who is also a retired police officer.

Lee refused to look at photos of the woman taken by the defendant, saying a real daoshi like him avoids looking at a naked body when he is in a Taoist robe, although he may do so when he doesn’t wear the attire, Sing Tao Daily reports.

He also said Taoism doesn’t help couples strengthen their bonding, and those who seek to save their relationship must go to the Temple of the Moon God, or the Chinese Cupid, and pray for it on their own.

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