Keelung Culture: Handicrafts Part 1

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Keelung culture and the Ghost festival are closely intertwined. There are three artisan objects that serve as symbols of the Ghost Festival: molded figurines made of rice (midiao), wooden basket lanterns (doudeng), and paper lanterns. Over time I have been lucky enough to come to know the manufacturer of organic rice dough sculptures, known as midiao. If you search for “midiao” … Read More

Taiwan Culture: The Ghost Festival Part 2

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Previously, I talked about Taiwan culture and the heart of the Ghost Festival, which as the name implies, is intended for the spirits. This festival in Keelung is particularly cherished because of the historical background of the city. In summary, the city was first invaded by the Chinese, then by the Spanish, by the Dutch, by the French and then by … Read More

Taiwan Culture: The Ghost Festival Part 1

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During my time in Keelung, I met so many people and saw many places related to the Ghost Festival, an event closely tied into Taiwan culture. If I had to put into words everything I learned about this festival, I think I could write a thesis; I will try to only share with you a brief version. The Ghost Festival is … Read More

Keelung Culture: Interview with a Taoist Priest Part 2

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People give colour to a place and people are at the heart of Keelung culture. I was lucky enough to talk to the Taoist priest who presides at ceremonies during the Ghost Festival. In the priest’s home was the most complete of all Taoist altars I have ever seen. In addition to the usual gods, it also contained some peculiar … Read More