Wednesday, May 28, 2008


There are angels on the two front pillars of the Guandi Temple in Hsinchu, Taiwan. I suppose they were copied from Christianity when the temple was built sometime in the 19th century. This kind of borrowing shows something I like about Taiwanese religion: its organic, flexible, local character. It is not that they believe in angels, per se, but that someone in charge of the temple building thought they would go well on the pillars, and did not have a black and white view of the world.

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