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Posts tagged “folk 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…)


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


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


Taiwan for Culture Vultures Kindle Guide

Get the Taiwan Travel guide from Gecko authored by the prolific and highly respected Taiwan writer, Steven Crook, here:

Taiwan for Culture Vultures Kindle Guide

The cover photo of Zhenzong Art Troupe’s Santaitz and many of the interior photos were taken by me. See more of my covers here.

Taiwan for Culture Vultures  Kindle Edition

Cover Photograph by Photographer Rich Matheson

The Amazon Product Description

Taiwan for Culture Vultures
== Taiwan’s Historical, Religious, Artistic And Architectural Highlights ==

– Why Get This Guide? –

* In-depth descriptions of each sight that include fresh details not mentioned in other English-language write-ups
* Coverage of several new attractions not covered by print guidebooks
* Clear instructions how to reach each sight by car or public transportation
* Chinese script for every sight mentioned in the guide
* Convenient links take you to background information

– Inside This Guide –

* 95 sights including: Taiwan’s best museums; its most ancient and ornate temples; its newest attractions; its quaintest villages; and its most striking landmarks.
* Over 150 photos, including 84 images contributed by Taiwan-based professional photographers Rich Matheson and Craig Ferguson.
* Comprehensive articles on practical subjects such as getting to and getting around Taiwan.
* Background articles on Taiwan’s history, religions, and culture
* A glossary of historical and local terms

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* Detailed information on opening hours, prices, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses
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– About the Author –

Steven Crook has visited more than 40 countries, and continues to find Taiwan endlessly fascinating after 20 years living and working on the island. Since 1996, he has had scores of travel and culture features published in Christian Science Monitor, CNN Traveller Asia-Pacific and other newspapers and magazines.


Published on-line Articles

Door Gods 門神

Links to articles and photographs published in on-line magazine; culture.tw, by editorial and cultural photographer Rich J Matheson.

Door Gods 門神

The highlight of writing this Door Gods article was when I serendipitously stopped at the Chendejyu Shrine (陳聚德堂; in 1693 it was the first ancestral shrine in Taiwan - built in 1664) and the caretaker ushered me inside and into a back room. There, forgotten and leaning against a wall in a dark back room of the temple were these two antique doors. I think they were painted by renowned temple painter Cai Cao Ru (蔡草如), but I need to go back and verify. The article outlines who all the different door gods are, their function and their origins.

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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…

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


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