Taiwanese Impressions 2


Now we are in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan… Temples are the same, yet still very different to anything you might encounter

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Every temple is slight bit different – has different protectional deities, etc.

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Dragons are a predominat feature…

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Very opulant style – not at all like in Japan or Thailand

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intricate details in the columns

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and 3-dimensional scenes are everywhere

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Well, this is 3-dimensional as well – just natural… This one was just perfect

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And again another neighbourhood temple in the middle of a living area. On the left the chimney for the fireplace where the devotions (including paper-money or vouchers for cars, etc.) for the afterlife are burnt

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Getting ready for the festivities – usually the anual celebration

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Just an amazing feeling to stand below the orange baloons

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Very colourful, very lively. The belief system is complex and too supersticious for my liking, but if they are happy about it…

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Burning incense is common

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And they use it a lot… Fresh supplies…

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Do it yourself fortune telling… You throw two pieces and formulate a question in your mind – the way the pieces fall to the ground is your answer… Keep on trying 😉

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Or – as an alternative – you can draw your fortune from a pot.

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I love old doors, old paint, whatever is cracking and fading…

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This one took me quite some time as – for some reason just when I was there – every 30 seconds someone came out of the office behind the door…

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The way houses (ok, mansion would be the proper term) were built in the 16th / 17th century

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In that time the view must have been more enchanting and green – yet the idea remains…

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And for the sake of diversity – here is another one…

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And the central incense burner for the quick offering on your way to office / school, etc.

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This monastery was currently closed, but you could still hear the chanting of the monks – from a tape… Very nice feeling of peace and transquility

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Whatever the monk has smoked he seemed to enjoy it…

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Beautful old paintings

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Back to Tainan.. – another gorgeous gate

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Leading to an every grander inner yard

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Behind the temple at night the entrance to the next one… I loved the colour and the illumination

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The temple for the women

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