Many yellow lanterns were hung in the precinct of Kaiji Wumiao

Yellow lanterns
Lanterns displayed at the Kaiji Wumiao
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Many lanterns were hung in the precincts of Kaiji Wumiao Temple. Although one can see many lanterns at shrines and Buddhist temples in Japan, the lanterns in the Chinese cultural sphere are different in color from those in Japan. While most Japanese lanterns are white or red, the ones here are yellow. Even though I was accustomed to seeing these lanterns, I feel a sense of exoticism when we see yellow lanterns in a row.

The lanterns had another name for Guan Yu. This is what Confucians call Guan Yu. In other words, this is a Confucian temple. The popular Guan Yu has many aliases: in Taoism, he is known as "the Great Emperor Guan Yu" and in Buddhism as "Guan Bodhisattva". The name "文衡聖帝" emphasizes the literal aspect rather than the martial aspect, as the character "文" is used in the name. In Taiwan and other countries, he is often worshipped during examinations. This is quite different from the image of Guan Yu in the "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," in which Guan Yu fought in many different places with his outstanding military prowess.

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PHOTO DATA

No

9992

Shooting Date

Sep 2016

Posted On

January 4, 2017

Modified On

December 15, 2022

Place

Tainan, Taiwan

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA

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