A few days ago I was in Tainan's Cheng Huang Temple, the best known of its three city god shrines. The exterior art features quite prominently two men of Western appearance but in semi-Chinese garb. The temple's caretaker confirmed they are 'foreigners' but couldn't tell me why they're here.
These figures are certainly not the only depictions of foreigners in Taiwan temple art. I like the five o'clock shadows on both men, and the widow's-peak hairstyles that remind me of Ray Reardon, the snooker player.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Westerners in Taiwan temple art
Posted by Steven Crook... at 3:00 PM
Labels: architecture, religion, Tainan
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Temples in Taiwan are full of interesting details, aren't they?ReplyDelete
Here's another temple in the western part of Tainan with a couple of obviously-western guys holding up the roof.