Blog Posts - Temple Culture

A Podcast – Taiwan Temples presents “Taipu’s Portrait of the Gods”

Taiwan Temples presents our first episode of a god photographer in a podcast series about Taiwan temple culture    Hosted and meticulously crafted by writer and podcaster Robert Kelly and interviewed by me Wu Taipu is a wedding photographer wit...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Dec 30, 2015

Silkroad Magazine — Taiwan Old Brands

A recent assignment for Silkroad taking photos of four generational shops around Taiwan turned out to be a lot of fun as all the traditional shops and subjects were interesting and photogenic. The third shop I went to was Hsiang Ren He’s tradit...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Apr 6, 2015

Jiali Zhen Xing Temple God Statues and Temple Art

Zhen Xing Temple in Tainan’s Jiali District, originally called Qing Shui Temple, was founded in 1723 and dedicated to Lord Qingshui. Early settlers to Taiwan brought with them ‘Lord Qingshui,’ — a deified monk — from the...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Nov 19, 2014

Traditional Marionette Performance Art

Jia Li Xi (嘉禮戲) is a traditional string-puppet performance art popular in Southern Taiwan. Chin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe (錦飛鳳傀儡戲劇團) from A-lian (阿蓮鄉) is one of the few remaining practitioners and a fine example o...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Aug 21, 2014

Taiwan Bradt Guidebook written by Steven Crook

I just received Steven Crook’s new Taiwan Guidebook in the mail. Packed with well written interesting information, everyone living or traveling in Taiwan should have one on their bookshelves.Will be available in Page One in Taiwan.
by The Taiwan Photographer on Jun 27, 2014

A bit about Zhentou — Taiwan’s traditional performance troupes.

I have been involved with Soulangh Cultural Park’s renovation of their Yizhen exhibit and we recently attended a seminar presented by 林茂賢 (professor of 台灣語文學系at Taichung’s  國立台中教育大學) to bring us all up...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Jun 24, 2014

Mazu Pilgrimage — Renaissance

Mazu Pilgrimage for Transasia inflight magazine, Renaissance. Massive celebrations marking the beginning of annual Mazu pilgrimage are held at Jenn Lann Temple in Dajia, Taichung , both the starting and ending point of Taiwan’s largest annual...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Apr 14, 2014

Bombing Master Handan Photos

A couple of my Bombing Master Handan Festival photos were used for flightnetwork’s article ‘The 13 Creepiest Festivals You’d Never Heard of‘. The article written by Matt Gibson, who lived in Taiwan for several years, covers some c...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Nov 1, 2013

South China Morning Post

A first for me, published in the South China Morning Post newspaper with Steven Crook‘s article on religious tourism in Taiwan.    ...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Oct 29, 2013

Xigang Baotian Gong Temple Renewal Festival — 西港雙張廍保天宮入火安座大典

On September 19th (this year’s moon festival) Xigang’s newly built Baotian Gong was opened. I spent the day photographing the festivities. They supplied me with a driver and I was ferried around Tainan in air conditioned comfort either al...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Oct 18, 2013

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Bajiajiang — 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將

Xigang Chingan Temple Jishan Tang Bajiajiang 西港玉敕慶安宮駕前吉善堂八家將 The official escorts for Xigang Chingan Temple’s main gods, the Lords Qian-sui, who drive demons from the area and perform exorcism rituals in the villag...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Jun 1, 2013

Jishan Bajiajiang 2 — 吉善堂八家將

Jishan Temple Bajiajiang 西港吉善堂八家將 A quick note for those not familiar with Taiwan: The symbol on the general’s forehead is not a swastika; it is mirrored and in Taiwan it is used as a Buddhist or (here) a common folk religion sy...
by The Taiwan Photographer on May 27, 2013

Jishan Bajiajiang — 吉善堂八家將

Jishan Temple Bajiajiang 西港吉善堂八家將...
by The Taiwan Photographer on May 23, 2013

Dalongdong Baoan Temple Censer

Taipei’s Dalongdong Baoan Temple Tian Gong Censer (天公爐). From my old blog, “The Jade Emperor is the highest ranking god in Taiwan’s pantheon but, owing to his exalted position, Jade Emperor temples in Taiwan are few in number prim...
by The Taiwan Photographer on May 21, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

There are many Buddhist temples in Seoul.  Bongeunsa is one of them and in my opinion, one of the most beautiful This large statue welcomes worshipers from around the city and the country! What I love about this photo is seeing the old vs …...
by Traveller Soul on Apr 28, 2013

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.) Lord Handan (寒單爺) is paraded through the streets wearing nothing but shorts and a towel around his head while lo...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Mar 15, 2013

Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival 2013 鹽水蜂炮

This year’s guide and schedule to Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival can be found here: On the 14th of the first lunar month (Saturday, Feb 23rd Gregorian calendar) a temple parade leaves the Yanshui Wu Temple at 8am.
by The Taiwan Photographer on Feb 20, 2013

Prayers and Flames: The Burning of the King Boat (Travel in Taiwan)

The Dong Long Temple’s (東隆宮) boat burning ceremony in Donggang (東港) is one of the most popular festivals in Taiwan. For many years I have been wanting to go but it always seems to elude me (it only happens once every three years). Ha...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Jan 24, 2013

Taiwanese Opera 台灣歌仔戲

Ming Hwa Yuan 明華園 Taiwanese opera troupe performs at a pudu (ceremony of offering for restless spirits) in Tainan. Five temple Jiaow and precursor to boat burning ceremony.
by The Taiwan Photographer on Dec 3, 2012

Know your 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) Jiajiang 家將 are religious temple parade performance troupe members that may be likened to police officers; they search out demon criminals, arrest, interr...
by The Taiwan Photographer on Nov 30, 2012

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