Photographs and Information about Taiwan's Culture, Nature and People by Rich Matheson

Jinluan (金鑾) Temple Festival — 3

Here a smaller ‘divination’ chair is in the ocean. These chairs may be likened to ‘ouija’ boards in that the operators just hold the chair aloft and the god who has come to sit in the chair controls the bearers. This particular god was running around the beach and spent a lot of time in the water. I believe it may be one of the  ‘Wu Nian Qian Sui’ (伍年千歲) gods, but it looks like Zhang Tian Shi (張 天 師) with its pointy black ears, black face and long black beard.

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2 responses

  1. Don’t tell me you’ve learned the names of all these gods! That’s one thing I haven’t done yet, but I think that’s understandable: My in-laws are predominantly Buddhist.

    November 12, 2011 at 1:22 am

  2. I try Chuck. The Buddhist pantheon has a sizeable number of gods as well!

    November 12, 2011 at 1:35 am

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