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(Humanities) Dedicated Followers of Matsu Pray for a Peaceful Year
2010-06-02 14:22:00
2010-06-02 14:23:00
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Leanne Chien
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By TraNews Reporter Luo, Hui-Wen YUNLIN, TAIWAN (TraNews) – One must never underestimate the power and the value of religion. Regardless of what kind of religion or belief we have, the primary goal in all religions is the same at the roots. All religions intend to teach people doing good deeds, living fairly, having good intentions and sympathy, showing respects for all lives and our creator. Most importantly, people seek for religion as their belief and spiritual sustenance. The famous Chaotian Temple in Beigang, Yunlin County is dedicated to Matsu, the goddess of sea. Constructed in 1694, it is regarded as one of the most prestigious Matsu temples in Taiwan and heavily visited by more than a million pilgrims each year. The temple has enjoyed great popularity even since it was built over 300 years ago during the Qing Dynasty and remained as one of the prominent religious centers in central Taiwan. For over 300 years, the temple has enjoyed great popularity under the blessing of Matsu and attracted throng of dedicated followers from across the island. Coming to the temple, visitors can be expected to see an ocean of people standing or kneeling in front of the statue of Matsu to pray or to seek for help or blessing. For many followers, when they have doubts in their heart, they will light an incense, pray to the statue of Matsu and then throw divination blocks to seek for answers from the goddess. On the first day of Chinese New Year, Chaotian Temple will be jammed with believers from elsewhere, waiting to place the very first incense in the censer. The concept of religious culture is to educate people to do good deeds and to have respect and compassion for others. For over centuries, Chiaotian Temple not only plays a significant role in people’s daily life, but it is also a source of spiritual sustenance.
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