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May the Heavenly Officials Bring Blessings – The God of Fortune Dance (Folkways)
2009-10-22 17:26:00
2010-06-25 17:56:00
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Leanne Chien
台東縣
Leanne Chien
台東縣
By TTNews Reporter Liao You-Sheng TTNews Taitung County, Taiwan – “Tiao Jia Guan”, also known as the God of Fortune Blessing Dance, is generally presented by a performer who wears a facial mask, red court dress and chancellor cap before a formal Chinese opera, traditional puppet show, or folk performance debuts. Usually the performer will carry out specific dance footwork, which is a symbolization of auspiciousness and wealth. It is also worth mentioning that while the performers are carrying out the blessing dance, they are not allowed to speak, or to make a sound, so as not to provoke the evil spirits. They will be able to speak only until the end of the performance. The so-called “Jia Guan” is derived from the meaning of “may office and salary be bestowed upon you”. The heavenly officials are formed by three divine officials that bestow good fortune on mankind, including the God of Wealth, the God of Fortune and the God of Longevity. “Tiao Jia Guan” is actually performed by the God of Fortune that bestows auspiciousness, wealth and fortune upon people. According to the legend, “Tiao Jia Guan” was originated from a yearly grand celebration in the Tang Dynasty. All civil and martial officials came to congratulate the emperor. At that time, the theatrical performances were presented by a chancellor to please the emperor. The reason why the facial mask was put on was because the chancellor was shy. “Tiao Jia Guan” was known as the God of Fortune, the Heavenly Official, or the God of Blessing, which is considered as a very auspicious symbol. Usually in the hands of “Tiao Jia Guan” performers will normally hold a red scroll with auspicious phrases or sayings written on it. In the meantime, the performer will also give away celebratory sweets. Since the heavenly officials are often associated with the Lantern Festival, “Tiao Jia Guan” will be performed for the duration of Chinese New Year, bestowing blessings upon people in the new year.
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