Chinese Folk Religion

Taiwan enjoys a colorful and diverse religious life, mainly featuring Chinese culture and tradition. Elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are often mingled together with various deities, so that people speak of Chinese Folk Religion. These three young men are dressed up as mythical warriors and participate in a noisy religious ceremony shrouded in smoke from firecrackers.

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This man acts as a spirit medium and performs a ritual with his sword. Sometimes this type of ceremony includes self-inflicted ritual wounds.

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Religious devotees carry heavy wooden palanquins in which deities are seated through the streets while swaying from side to side.

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