Tuesday, February 24, 2009

ABC Wednesday: F is for Festival



Taiwan's numerous local religious temples are mostly "Tao" religion.  Tao is very similar to Greek paganism, worships all kinds of deities in the mythology.  Their annual Festivals, usually the special day, such as the birthday of the deity that they worshiped are huge popular and colorful events.  There are parades and dancings led by several familiar figures.  The above figure is one of them called "the 13th Prince".  It weighs 10s kg and needs a lot of physical strength and endurance to carry it and dancing around.  


No, she is not one of the typical figure in the Temple Parade.  She was an announcer in the National Center for Traditional Arts where we photographed "the 13th Prince".  She was announcing a theatrical event of  the "Wedding of Garden Insects" on the street.  Guess what she dressed as? A Fire-Fly.

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25 comments:

Carolina said...

These photos are amazingly beautiful! I really enjoy visiting your blog every tuesday/wednesday on my ABC-rounds.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Absolutely love the first picture!It's great!

naturglede said...

Greate photoes for the F. Have a fun abc:)

Babooshka said...

F for fabulous and fantastic especially the motion blur.

Life with Kaishon said...

Fabulous pictures. SO beauitful. I want to go to the festival one day!

Dreamybee said...

Wow, you have so many great photos on your blog! I didn't realize that Taoism was so closely related to paganism in the way you describe. The Wedding of Garden Insects sounds like fun!

Kate said...

Beautiful photos, how nice to see views from across the globe.


Kate
cholulared.blogspot.com

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Fantastic choice 4 F my Friends. the photos are so brilliant a lot of motions in them.
It must have been wonderful to see your Festval live!

xoxo Tyra

Please come a see my F word :-)

THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

spacedlaw said...

Colourful and fun F!

kRiZ cPEc said...

the first one is a winner shot!

uncleawang said...

Perfect choice of letter
'F' & the picture look great.Thanks for sharing.

Reader Wil said...

It's such a pity that we cannot read all the interesting posts that go around, but I am glad that I didn't miss this one. Thanks it's lovely. Thanks also for visiting my blog. You know more about France than I do. This week in Messanges was the longest holiday I spent in France and I loved it. I used to go to either Norway or Great Britain for at least a month. I am an English teacher so I had to go to an English speaking country every year. And Norway? Well that's for me the most beautiful country in Europe.

Carol said...

Great photos...bright and colorful...love the motion...

Jay said...

Well, this is different! I love the photos - so colourful and alive. Very nice! :)

Miss_Yves said...

Great choice !I love your photos, especially thr first one , which is blurred !Brilliant eFFect !
Thanks for sharing,and for your kind words on my blog .

Liv said...

Festival is fabulous!
Great post!

Karyn said...

Beautiful photos!

Dulce said...

The photos are great. I love to see those colourful costumes.
Have a nice week.

Tumblewords: said...

What a festival! Looks somewhat like Mardi Gras...Great photos.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Looks like a fun festival. Love the colours.

Dragonstar said...

Wonderful photos, absolutely full of life and colour!

RuneE said...

It looks like terrific Fun! Even for a non-religious person like myself.

PS Thank you for the very pleasant comment!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Wonderful photos! The first one is stunning; you caught the movement beautifully.

pictureeachday said...

I love both costumes, especially the bright colors in the first one. You captured them so beautifully!

shu said...

Many believe these dieties have power to heal. Some of my childhood friends respect their heaing power for they were taken to them by their parents to cure their illness when they were little. Even today, this practice is wide spread among families that have been in Taiwan for many generations. I always thought spiritually they seem to be so much closer to nature and the expression of its magic. Sis

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