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 | 13 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 […]

Prayers and Flames: The Burning of the King Boat (Travel in Taiwan)

Prayers and Flames: The Burning of the King Boat (Travel in Taiwan)

The Dong Long Temple’s (東隆宮) boat burning ceremony in Donggang (東港) is one of the most popular festivals in Taiwan. For many years

Taiwanese Opera 台灣歌仔戲

Taiwanese Opera 台灣歌仔戲

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in blog, Photography, Taiwan, Temple Culture | No Comments

Ming Hwa Yuan 明華園 Taiwanese opera troupe performs at a pudu (ceremony of offering for restless spirits) in Tainan. Five temple Jiaow and precursor to boat burning ceremony.

Know your Jiajiang 家將: General Xie 謝將軍

Know your Jiajiang 家將: General Xie 謝將軍

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in blog, Photography, Taiwan, Temple Culture | One Comment

Bajiajiang 八家將 and Shijiajiang’s 什家將 General Xie 謝將軍(xie jiang jun) Jiajiang 家將 are religious temple parade performance troupe members that may be likened to police officers; they search out demon criminals, arrest, interrogate and punish them. They protect certain — usually underworld — gods like Kitsbargha 地藏王, City God 城隍, King of the Broad Marshes […]

Fireworks at Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival 高雄萬年季煙火

Fireworks at Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival 高雄萬年季煙火

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in blog, Published, Taiwan, Temple Culture, travel | No Comments

  Fireworks at Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival 2012 Originating from local religious temples’ celebrations, Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival is now a festival aimed at preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of the area’s temples. There are folk events, entertainment and religious parades throughout the area for a week and the highlight is the […]

The Taiwan Door God — 臺灣門神

The Taiwan Door God — 臺灣門神

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in blog, Taiwan, Temple Culture | 4 Comments

“The ubiquitous ‘door god’ is found on all types of doors throughout Taiwan, from

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