Thursday, September 10, 2009

Westerners in Taiwan temple art

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.

1 comment:

  1. Temples in Taiwan are full of interesting details, aren't they?

    Here's another temple in the western part of Tainan with a couple of obviously-western guys holding up the roof.