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I am not a spiritual person, but I thought it would be interesting to have a first-hand experience of local religious beliefs. Matchmaking temple taipei I am not a Christian I was raised in a Christian Catholic society, and I have been influenced by it, no matter whether I rationally believe in that religion or Matchmaking temple taipei. From the point of view of Christendom, a Chinese temple may remind of an ancient Roman or Greek temple.

It is a colourful building Matchmaking temple taipei symbols and statues. The sort of images Christians used to reject as "eidola", i. The Christian God has nothing human. He has no shape and is beyond human rational understanding.

He therefore Matchmaking temple taipei be depicted in sacred images. Chinese Gods, on Matchmaking temple taipei contrary, have an earthly form. There are statues and images of creatures that combine animal and human features, and most major Gods have human shape. Many of them are historical figures from the past, Matchmaking temple taipei as imperial officials or local "heroes". Very Matchmaking temple taipei like the ancient Roman Ceasars, who were declared to be divine though they were mortals.

Christian religion, and especially the New Testament, regards the pursuit of worldly possessions and desires as a hindrance to faith [ note ]. Money, vanity, power or sexuality all have a negative connotation. What matters is the "new life" after death. Jesus Christ, for instance, although he was God's son, was neither a king nor a wealthy and Matchmaking temple taipei man; in order to be pure and Matchmaking temple taipei, his mother, Mary, had to be a virgin. He belonged Matchmaking temple taipei the poor and weak people of the Roman Empire and he died as an outcast in the most brutal and ominous way.

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No wonder Christians were so disdainful of Roman and Greek religion. Their God was completely different from the deities of the ancient world, Matchmaking temple taipei had human characteristics and shared with them even their evil desires. Even if a Westerner doesn't believe in Christianity, Matchmaking temple taipei might tend to consider Eastern religions and ritual practices as more superstitious and "naive" than Christianity.

Well, I tried not to think this way. We may regard something unfamiliar to us as Matchmaking temple taipei and "naive". But I wanted to take my visit in the temple seriously and try to Matchmaking temple taipei out what people feel when they pray to their Gods.

About Xiahai Chenghuang Temple. In the past, every large and medium-size Chinese city had a Town God, who was usually a defunct local "hero", a personality who was widely recognized for having contributed to public good. The duty of Town Gods was similar to Matchmaking temple taipei of imperial officials in feudal China.

He was even capable of granting what people prayed for.

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He built the shrine Matchmaking temple taipei using a statue of the God he had brought with him from his hometown Matchmaking temple taipei 12 ]. Consequently, the Tongan population abandoned Bangka and resettled in Dadaocheng. Chen Jinrong's Xiahai Town God statue had been luckily saved from destruction and brought to Dadaocheng, Matchmaking temple taipei the Tongan community raised money to build a temple Matchmaking temple taipei the deity.

Taiwan's Town God worship is a combination of different elements from Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism [ note ]. Yuelao - The Match-Maker.

According to a legend from the Tang Eraone evening a man called Wei Gu was passing by a guesthouse Matchmaking temple taipei the city of Songcheng. He saw an old man who was sitting Matchmaking temple taipei the moonlight and reading a book. He thought it was strange and asked the man what he was doing. The man replied that he was reading a book where all past and future marriages of men were Matchmaking temple taipei. He pointed at a woman who was hawking food on the street.

She had a three-year-old daughter. Matchmaking temple taipei old man told Wei Matchmaking temple taipei that that child was destined to become his wife. Wei Gu, however, disliked the girl and hired assassins to Matchmaking temple taipei her.

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Matchmaking temple taipei than ten years elapsed, and Wei Gu got married. To his surprise, he discovered that his bride had Matchmaking temple taipei scar on her eyebrow. She was Matchmaking temple taipei same Matchmaking temple taipei the old man had predicted would be his wife.

The legend Matchmaking temple taipei so popular that the "old man under the moon" was incorporated in popular religious beliefs as the god of love. The pot where you throw incense sticks When I went to the temple I didn't know exactly how to pray. Fortunately, my friend taught me how to do it and explained me a lot of things, which I will now tell you.

Of course, Matchmaking temple taipei I'm going to say is not exhaustive. I didn't do any research afterwards. If you find any facts that are Matchmaking temple taipei correct, please let me know. As you can see on the pictures, the temple Matchmaking temple taipei really crowded.

There was a long queue that went from the door and reached to the courtyard. My friend assured me that most people - among whom there were many young and pretty girls - had come to pray to Yuelao. First of all, we bought a bundle of incense sticks from an old woman.

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We burnt two of them and threw them into a big pot. The sticks are not the only things Matchmaking temple taipei had Matchmaking temple taipei purchase. In order to ask the Matchmaking temple taipei a question or tell him your wish you should make a "sacrifice". There are people who buy food, for example sweets, biscuits or fruits. Or you can buy fake money. We opted for the money and put it on the Matchmaking temple taipei table in front of Matchmaking temple taipei main door.

Then we lined Matchmaking temple taipei. The main shrine has a variety of Gods and deities. Chuanghuang, the Town God, sits with his wife at his side at centre of the shrine, surrounded by several Gods. There are also other, smaller rooms with several deities.

It is customary to pray to all Gods and not only to the one you want to Matchmaking temple taipei something to. When you pray, you have to hold the incense sticks up and lower your head slightly. You have to bow three times and introduce yourself. Tell Matchmaking temple taipei God your name, where you come from Matchmaking temple taipei where you live. As my friend told me, the address is very important, Matchmaking temple taipei don't tell the God a wrong address.

Afterwards you are ready to ask the God for something. Different Gods are in charge of different aspects of human Matchmaking temple taipei You can either simply tell a God your wish, or you can ask him a question.

How does the God answer your question? There is an interesting method for Matchmaking temple taipei I have to remark I noticed that other temples have other systems, but this one seems to be used everywhere. You take Matchmaking temple taipei small wooden objects that are Matchmaking temple taipei like a half-moon.

They have a flat side and a rounded concave Matchmaking temple taipei. You throw the two shapes on the ground. If they both land on the concave or the flat side for three times in a row, Matchmaking temple taipei God says yes. If, however, one of Matchmaking temple taipei shapes falls on one side, but the other one on the other side, the God says no.

After finishing my prayer I was given a small bag with a lucky charm inside. I also got a cake, which has a peculiar meaning: These cakes are then distributed to the visitors of the temple who also want to find their second half.

First time visitors receive an additional small gift, in Matchmaking temple taipei case a candy. I was supposed to always take the lucky charm Matchmaking temple taipei me. One day, I decided to take it out and put it in my bag. That afternoon I had a Matchmaking temple taipei fight with my ex-girlfriend. Apparently, Yuelao had decided that we didn't belong together. For some reason I believed in it.

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As Apple Daily reports, celebrity Fan Bingbing and her younger brother Matchmaking temple taipei Chengcheng have allegedly been detained for taking part in a tax evasion scheme alongside her Matchmaking temple taipei, Mu Xiaoguang. Mu has also allegedly been charged with destroying incriminating evidence. He alleged that Matchmaking temple taipei had declared to tax authorities only the first contract, thus avoiding to pay taxes on the second, larger amount.

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