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

Taiwan Religion

Xigang Baotian Gong Temple Festival

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang
Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang — 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將, Baotian Gong, Temple Renewal, Xigang District, Tainan, Taiwan

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


Guangjiang Shou on cover of Topics

Taiwan Culture
Taiwan Culture

Guanjiangshou

Photograph of Guanjiang Shou performing at the annual Akau Mazu’s Cup Divine Guardian and Sacred Officer Competition in Pingtung used for the cover of Taiwan Business Topics. Read about it here:


Bombing Handan 炸寒單

Bombing Handan (炸寒單) is an important folk event held annually in Taidung during Taiwan’s Yuanxiao festival (元宵節) Read more about Bombing Handan

Bombing Handan Festival, Taidung, Taiwan

Bombing Handan Festival, Taidung, Taiwan


Identifying Jiajiang 家將: General Xie 謝將軍

Bajiajiang 八家將 and Shijiajiang’s 什家將 General Xie 謝將軍(xie jiang jun)

General Xie

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 廣澤尊王, etc. when they go on tour. This series will give some key elements in recognizing the different Jiajiang. Read more…


Fireworks — Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival

Foreworks
Foreworks

Fireworks show at Wannian Folklore Festival, Zuoying, Lotus Lake, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Originating from local religious temples’ celebrations, Kaohsiung’s Wannian Folklore Festival is…


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Mariah 陳世旻 (瑪利亞) of Chio-tian Drum Art Troupe (九天民俗技藝團)

Mariah 陳世旻 (瑪利亞) of Chio-tian Drum Art Troupe (九天民俗技藝團)

I have been travelling in Canada with my family for a couple of months and was pleased to find out my photo was used for the cover of Topics Travel and Culture issue. The article, ‘Drumming Their Way to Respect‘, is about Chio-tian Folk Drums & Art Troupe (九天民俗技藝團) — the troupe the Taiwanese movie ‘Dintao: Leader of the Parade‘ was based on.

Mariah 陳世旻 (瑪利亞) of Chio-tian Drum Art Troupe (九天民俗技藝團)

Mariah 陳世旻 (瑪利亞) of Chio-tian Drum Art Troupe (九天民俗技藝團) poses for a photo

See full post here: The Taiwan Photographer


Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage 大甲媽祖繞境 — Xingang’s Fengtian Temple (奉天宮)

Xingang's Fengtian Temple (奉天宮), Kaitai Mazu (Taiwan's first Mazu temple), Chiayi, Taiwan
Xingang's Fengtian Temple (奉天宮), Kaitai Mazu (Taiwan's first Mazu temple), Chiayi, Taiwan

Xingang's Fengtian Temple (奉天宮)

The southernmost portion of the Dajia Mazu Pilgrimage 大甲媽祖繞境 is Xingang’s Fengtian Temple (奉天宮). Mazu devotees walk from Dajia Zhenlan Temple in Taichung, through Changhua County, Yunlin County and into Chiayi County in a…

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Taiwan God — Ji Gong (濟公), The Drunk Monk

Ji Gong is also one of the better known and understood gods by the general Taiwan populace and is worshiped by a broad range of people; from gamblers and rebels to monastic Buddhists.Image

Belying his popularity amongst Taiwanese, Ji Gong ranks only as a minor deity in the Chinese god pantheon. Ji Gong(1130-1209), was born a mortal, Li Xiu Yuan (李修緣(or 元)…Click here to read the rest of the Ji Gong Post


Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival in Action Asia

Yanshui Fireworks Festival

Full story here: The Taiwan Photographer

Yanshui Fireworks Festival

Click on Picture to go to story at The Taiwan Photographer

Full story at The Taiwan Photographer


Creative Song-Jiang Jhen Battle Array in Neimen — 2012高雄內門宋江陣

Creative Song-Jiang Jhen Battle Array in Neimen — 2012高雄內門宋江陣
Creative Song-Jiang Jhen Battle Array in Neimen — 2012高雄內門宋江陣

Zhong Hua Medical College Student with face painted after competing in Creative Song-Jiang Jhen Contest, College Cup in Neimen, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

The 2012 Creative Song-Jiang Jhen Battle Array Cup

March 3,4 and 10 at the Zi Zhu Si (Black Bamboo Monastery) in Neimen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2012高雄內門宋江陣在紫竹寺