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Notes from the field: the more things change the more they stay the same

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Glorious fall weather in Taipei to mark the double tenth holiday! It was absolutely beautiful when I took a leisurely hike along the trails skirting Tiger Mountain.

Along the way, I came across a hillside temple readying itself for what looks set to be a huge celebration. Tables inside the main structure and courtyard were festooned with offerings of bottles of booze, packages of food, and even toy cars to make the ancestors more comfortable. Continue reading Notes from the field: the more things change the more they stay the same

Taipei Xiahai City God Temple

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Located on Dihua Street, the delightful Xiahai Chenghuang Temple is home to statues of the Taipei City God Chenghuang and his wife, as well as a legendary Chinese matchmaking deity and 600 other gods.  No surprise therefore that it is said to have the highest statue density of any temple in Taiwan (though I am not sure who measures such things).   Continue reading Taipei Xiahai City God Temple