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Jinluan (金鑾) Temple Festival — 3

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.

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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.


Jinluan (金鑾) Temple Festival — 2

Palanquin bearing Mazu in the ocean.


Jinluan (金鑾) Temple Festival

Here are some more photos from Jinluan Temple’s 金鑾宮 festival on Saturday. (more…)


Song Jiang Zhen Photos in an Ebook, ‘T’ai Chi Ch’uan: ‘Wisdom In Action In A Chinese Martial Art’

I went to Jinluan Temple’s 金鑾宮 festival on Saturday.It was a Qing Wang ( 請王) rite where the god (Mazu, I think… although maybe it was a plague god?) was invited to oversee the proceedings leading up to the burning of the boat next year. It was successful as, at about 11:00am, the palanquin bearing Mazu rushed into the sea indicating the god had arrived.

This four person palanquin (四輪轎) carrying Lord Tiger (虎爺聖-a lesser god) didn't wait for Mazu before racing deep into the sea.

Interestingly the zhentou were predominantly Song Jiang Zhen ( 宋江陣) troupes — about ten of them. Generally in proceedings of this sort (more…)


Xiang Zhu (向竹) Magic Bamboo Totem

Wulipu, Jiaxian District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Xiang Zhu 向竹 or “Magic Bamboo” — a Plains Aborigine totem. At the Siaolin Plains Aborigine Night Ceremony I was told the seven rungs of straw attached to the bamboo represent the steps to heaven. I had  previously heard they represent the seven sisters worshiped as Taizu 太祖, a Plains Aboriginal Goddess.


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…)


2010 Kaohsiung Lion Dance Festival

Taoyuan’s Xuansheng(桃園縣玄勝龍獅團) lion dance troupe prepares for competition.

My article on Kaohsiung’s Lion Dance Festival was published here: 2010 Kaohsiung Lion Dance Festival Taiwan Culture Portal – 03 December 2010  © Taiwan Culture Portal

Below I have posted some more pictures from the two day event featuring (more…)


Nanying International Folklore Festival 2010南瀛國際民俗藝術節 (NYIFF)

The Nanying International Folklore Festival is a folk art show held annually in Tainan County. I wrote about it here for culture.tw. Eleven international troupes performed at venues around the county. Here are some pictures:1. Italy-Gruppo Folklorico Citta Dei Tempi (City of Temples Folklore Group) Sicilian Folklore Song and Dance Troupe at Nan Ying International Folklore Festival 2010, Yong Kang City, Tainan County, Taiwan2. Japan-Sanyo Daiko “Dan”, Traditional Japan Drum Performance Group, Yong Kang (more…)


Chio-Tian Folk Drums and Arts Group 九天民俗技藝團

I went to the first annual Techno Nezha Dance competition in Xinying, Tainan last lantern festival. For me, the highlight was not the dancing Nezha Great God Parade Generals, but rather watching and meeting some of the award winning Chio-tian Folk Arts Troupe’s performances. (more…)