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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2007, 12:00am

An elderly 'devil beater' under the flyover on Canal Road in Wan Chai curses a patron's enemy in an ancient ritual traditionally carried out during the White Tiger Festival.

Workplace enemies and foolish business partners are a staple of the practice, but this year there are more desperate housewives taking revenge on their husbands' mistresses.

'Many married women have come to seek help from my mother-in-law after finding out their husbands are fooling around with their mainland girlfriends,' said Mr Cheung, helping his mother-in-law in the ritual in which clients take revenge on their enemies by beating a paper effigy in the shape of a tiger.

'It seems that most of the clients are married women in recent years. It might be due to the improved economy and the fact that husbands have more money to spare for their own entertainment across the border.'

Ms Lam, in her 70s, has been conducting the ritual - also performed during the Hungry Ghost Festival in August - for more than 30 years.