Monday, June 26, 2006

Day 74... Taipei Day 2 (Part 2)

Next is visiting a temple, name of it, i've forgotten... but it's a very nice temple.

They have a lot of different stone statues.
"Lion is the king of the animals. Lion culture exists finely in China, even if China is not lions' home country. In the old days, the stone lions were always set before the gates of palaces, official residence, yamun and temples to present the authority for its' high position in the animals. In the folk, the rich family set stone lions on both side of the gates as Mendun to guard the houses and keep the evil outside.
Stone lions to be part of the traditional architecture glitter in the Chinese traditional architecture. Stone lions as the rare cultural bequest should be protected well. "
(Stone Lion in Beijing)
The mighty dragon symbolizes power, dignity, and auspiciousness.
The phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection and life after death.Inside the temple is magnificently decorated with golden budda and god statues.
There are many different Gods for different purposes, posts and responsibilities.
Most commonly household Gods chinese prays are:
Buddha (Buddha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) ,
Guan Yin (Kuan Yin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) ,
Earth God (Tu Di Gong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia),
Guan Gong (Guan Yu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
This is used by monks, they'll use a wooden stick and hit it, while sayng prayers.Joss sticks are incense burnt to offer gods, it's made of bark/natural extracts. If direct translate the chinese word of Joss stick is frangrance.
After burning a tip of the joss stick, you say a prayer and stick it into 'joss stick holder', the red color part which is a stick, should be the one in sticking into the joss ash...i've ever seen an indian lady in KL sticking the burning side...rather than the red stick...
Donations will be self willed, i normally will donate when i've taken something from the temple, such as amulet.
not sure wat this is....hopefully not something to do with the dead.

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