Mazu Pilgrimage — Renaissance

Mazu Pilgrimage — Renaissance

Mazu Pilgrimage for Transasia inflight magazine, Renaissance. Massive celebrations marking the beginning of annual Mazu pilgrimage are held at Jenn Lann Temple in Dajia, Taichung , both the starting and ending point of Taiwan’s largest annual pilgrimage. Preceding Mazu’s birthday, the huge procession departs Jenn Lan Temple late at night to begin their nine-day tour. More […]

Bombing Master Handan Photos

Bombing Master Handan Photos

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in blog, Published, Taiwan, Temple Culture | 3 Comments

A couple of my Bombing Master Handan Festival photos were used for flightnetwork’s article ‘The 13 Creepiest Festivals You’d Never Heard of‘. The article written by Matt Gibson, who lived in Taiwan for several years, covers some crazy festivals from around the world. Of bombing Handan he writes: “Taitung, Taiwan – Forget tickets. We’ve got […]

South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

A first for me, published in the South China Morning Post newspaper with Steven Crook‘s article on religious tourism in Taiwan.   http://www.scmp.com/article/1339622/tourists-continue-search-enlightenment    

Xigang Baotian Gong Temple Renewal Festival — 西港雙張廍保天宮入火安座大典

Xigang Baotian Gong Temple Renewal Festival — 西港雙張廍保天宮入火安座大典

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in blog, Photography, Taiwan, Temple Culture | 5 Comments

On September 19th (this year’s moon festival) Xigang’s newly built Baotian Gong was opened. I spent the day photographing the festivities

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang — 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang — 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in blog, Taiwan, Temple Culture | 3 Comments

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Tang Bajiajiang 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將 The official escorts for Xigang Chingan Temple’s main gods, the Lords Qian-sui, who drive demons from the area and perform exorcism rituals in the village. This bajiajiang (Eight General) troupe is locally based and positions in the troupe are often passed

Jishan Bajiajiang 2 — 吉善堂八家將

Jishan Bajiajiang 2 — 吉善堂八家將

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in blog, Taiwan, Temple Culture | One Comment

Jishan Temple Bajiajiang (Eight Generals) 西港吉善堂八家將 A quick note for those not familiar with Taiwan: The symbol on the general’s forehead is not a swastika;

Jishan Bajiajiang — 吉善堂八家將

Jishan Bajiajiang — 吉善堂八家將

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in blog, Photography, Taiwan, Temple Culture | 3 Comments

Jishan Temple Bajiajiang 西港吉善堂八家將

Dalongdong Baoan Temple Censer

Dalongdong Baoan Temple Censer

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in blog, Photography, Taiwan, Temple Culture | No Comments

Taipei’s Dalongdong Baoan Temple Tian Gong Censer (天公爐). From my old blog, “The Jade Emperor is the highest ranking god in Taiwan’s pantheon but, owing to his exalted position

Bombing Handan 炸寒單

Bombing Handan 炸寒單

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in blog, Taiwan, Temple Culture | 11 Comments

Bombing Handan (炸寒單) is an important folk event held annually in Taidung during Taiwan’s Yuanxiao festival (元宵節.) Lord Handan (寒單爺) is paraded through the streets wearing nothing but shorts and a towel around his head while local shops throw bricks of fireworks at his near naked body. The festival was once suppressed by the government […]

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2013 鹽水蜂炮

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2013 鹽水蜂炮

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in blog, Taiwan, Temple Culture, travel | 14 Comments

This year’s guide and schedule to Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival can be found here: http://www.wumiao.idv.tw/ On the 14th of the first lunar month (Saturday, Feb 23rd Gregorian calendar) a temple parade leaves the Yanshui Wu Temple at 8am. At 6PM there will be three groups of gods (Line A, B and C) leaving from the  Yanshui […]

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