Zhen Xing Temple in Tainan’s Jiali District, originally called Qing Shui Temple, was founded in 1723 and dedicated to Lord Qingshui. Early settlers to Taiwan brought with them ‘Lord Qingshui,’ — a deified monk — from their homeland, Anxi, in China’s Fujian Province. The idols were believed to have protected them in their dangerous crossing […]
I have been involved with Soulangh Cultural Park’s renovation of their Yizhen exhibit and we recently attended a seminar presented by 林茂賢 (professor of 台灣語文學系at Taichung’s 國立台中教育大學) to bring us all up to speed on Taiwan’s traditional arts.
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 […]
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 […]
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 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