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Taiwanese Temple Throwing Divination Blocks Culture (Culture)
2009-07-29 16:51:00
2009-07-29 16:51:00
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Leanne Chien
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Leanne Chien
台北市
By TTNews Reporter Lin Chiao-Yin
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Taipei City, Taiwan –


The throwing divination blocks culture can be seen in every large and small temple throughout Taiwan. The believers throw divination blocks to seek for helps from the gods; sometimes even the temple host will have to decide important matters by throwing divination blocks. Such unique culture has stunned a lot of foreign tourists when they are travelling in Taiwan. Some of them will also want to figure out the meaning of doing this.

Xingtian Temple in Taipei is one of the most representative religious strongholds. It attracts tons of nationwide believers and worldwide travelers to visit this place every single day. Many people come to Xingtian Temple with a doubt inside their heart, wondering how throwing divination blocks could possibly answer or mean anything.

The divination blocks are a pair of half moon-shaped red-painted wooden pieces. Before you seek for help from the gods, you should join your palms and be sincere in your belief and question. When you pray to the god, you should keep your prayer as simple and brief as possible; basically one thing at a time. After praying to the god and identifying yourself clearly with details, such as full name, date of birth, age, address, etc., you should hold for a minute then toss divination blocks on the ground.

Usually the result of tossing divination blocks comes in three: “One up one down”, “Both blocks down” and “Both blocks up”. “One up one down” means “good, okay or yes”. “Both blocks down” indicates “no, cannot and bad”. According to the tradition of Xintian Temple, if the question is related to a serious or important matter, it is not suitable for the prayer to toss divination blocks again in a short period of time.

If you toss “both blocks up”, which is the side with “Xingtian Temple” written on it, it means that you have an odd question, or your question has been answered; no need to ask.

The throwing divination blocks culture has been widely popular for a long while in Taiwan. Each temple has its own traditions and rules. If you want to have a better understanding of how it works, you can make your inquiries at the temple. In addition, there will be volunteers working inside Xingtian Temple every day who can help to answer your questions.


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【文化】台灣廟宇擲筊文化 如何請示行天宮恩主公

林喬茵/台北市

  台灣的擲筊文化,大大小小的廟宇都能看到,信眾們透過擲筊向神明請示,廟方也用擲筊決定要事,特殊的文化也讓來台的外國人士感到興趣,想要了解其中含意。

  行天宮是台北極具代表性的宗教據點之一,每日吸引來自四面八方的信眾與世界各國的朋友,許多人來到行天宮,內心懷著疑問希望請示恩主公,究竟在行天宮擲筊後各是什麼意義呢?

  兩兩一對的杯筊,請筊時,要懷著恭敬之心,雙手合掌,將杯筊置於掌心,向神明秉告姓名、出生年月日時、年齡、住址,並簡單扼要重點式說明祈求之事,一次以一件事為原則。

  秉告完畢後,暫候一下,接著就能擲筊,擲筊結果會有三種,「聖筊」、「陰筊」及「笑筊」。擲出一正一反,即是聖筊,表示「對、好、可以」;擲出兩個凸面稱為「陰筊」,表示「不對、不好、不可以」,依造行天宮的傳統,若是重大事情擲出陰筊,不適合短期之內再請筊。

  要是擲出兩面皆平,就是行天宮內的杯筊上看到「行天宮」字樣向上,表示恩主公給你一個笑筊,可能是問題說明不清,或是擲筊者心中已有定數,有多此一問的情況,都會獲得笑筊。

  台灣的擲筊文化流傳已久,每間宮廟皆有自身的傳統習慣,想要多加了解,可以至各宮廟處詢問,行天宮每日也有志工解答大家的疑惑,透過一次次拋擲落地,台灣宮廟特殊的擲筊文化,延續著多元的傳統風貌。(攝影/林喬茵)


圖一:行天宮內每日有許多民眾前來祈求平安。
圖二:擲出一正一反,即是「聖筊」,表示「對、好、可以」。
圖三:擲筊為台灣宮廟文化中重要的一部分。


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