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Posts tagged “Bajiajiang

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…)


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…


Xinhua’s Jiajiang Troupe 新化吳敬堂的家將

Tainan’s Wujing Clan Hall Zhentou Troupe 台南市新化區鎮狩宮吳敬堂陣頭社 is a well known, award winning traditional folk arts troupe. I first read about them in my favorite Guanjiang Shou book (臺灣家將臉譜藝術:官將首卷) and have been (more…)


Winner of Traveler Voice Photo Blog Award

My blog has just won its first award! The folks at Traveler Voice, a great resource for travelers (really, I’m not just saying that because they gave me an award),  have awarded this blog the top photography blog.

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Zhen Zhong Female Bajiajiang

This photo has nothing to do with the award, just a project I am working on at the moment. These girls were amazing. I arranged to meet and take their portraits before a performance in Fengshan. I set up inside Shen Wang Temple and they posed in full costume before doing four stage performances (only one Bajiajiang) and then whisked off to Nantz for another performance. It was exhausting to watch! I have since met up with more of the troupe at their base near Neimen where I was able to be a lot more creative with the lighting. More information about Zhen Zhong Art Troupe (振宗藝術團) can be found here and here. Will post more photos on google+ and facebook at some point.


Prints of Peace Exhibition

My photo has been selected to be shown in the Prints of Peace exhibition in Chicago, IL on April 15th and 16th.

The show will help raise awareness for the cause of Visual Peacemaking.

Thanks to The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers! My guild profile.


Faith in Tainan 台南的信仰

Steve McCurry recently posted A Matter of Faith. Steve McCurry needs no introduction for photographers, but for the non-photographer; Steve McCurry is the photojournalist who took the iconic National Geographic  ‘Afghan Girl‘ photo said to be the most recognized Natgeo photograph in history. David Sanger followed with ‘Images of Faith’ where he wrote “if you have your own selections of images please post them on your blog”. Craig Ferguson, a friend and photographer I follow, put me on to this with his own post ‘Of the East’. My photos are all local, except for one from my wife’s village, Namasia, a small Aboriginal village in the mountains. Here they are:

Bajiajiang (Eight Generals), Nankunshen Temple, Tainan. These religious performers, often decline to be photographed when at rest, but this time General Liu was happy to oblige. (more…)


Guanjiang Shou (Senior Officers) 官將首

Carrie Kellenberger over at My Several Worlds kindly published my article about Guanjiang Shou (sometimes called Senior Officers). If you want to read the article check it out there. Sadly, there was little room for photos so I have posted some here so readers may better understand the features of Guanjiangshou, differences between Jiajiang troupes (家將團), and especially some — often subtle — differences between Bajiajiang and Guanjiang Shou.The easiest ways of differentiating Bajiajiang and Guanjiang Shou is (more…)