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…
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There is a large archive of information about Taiwan here so I am leaving this site public and searchable and will continue to respond to any questions about posts.
A zither(古箏) player — zitherist? — at Confucius Ceremony, Cishan.
It’s about the time of year when people are looking for photos of Tainan’s Annual Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival. It is one of my favorite festivals and I’ve (more…)
Palanquin bearing the second Mazu. These bearers were beautiful, but — before the man on the right broke into a smile — a touch intimidating as well. I shot this with an old nikkor 24mm f2 lens so I was pretty close, down at their feet, and I asked if I could take the picture. The man on the left pretty much ignored me after a slight nod but the man on the right broke into a smile, completely transforming his face. It wasn’t the photo I had envisioned but I really like it.
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.