This post includes more shots from Songboling, this time at Shoutian Temple (受天宮).
These temple parades are becoming quite common on my blog, but I love them for their energy, unpredictable nature, and for the amount of culture that is wrapped up in just a few short hours. As usual, this one included old and young, male and female. I’m not sure if it was a special occasion, but it seemed as if everybody had huge amounts of energy and dedication.
A man takes off a costume after a dance in front of the temple. The costume involved two parts – front and rear – that both danced in sync.
This truck was full of musicians – this man is banging on a gong while another hits on drums and a third plays the suona.
This branch symbolizes the beginning of most parades and acts as a way to symbolize the coming of the gods.
The beginning of the temple parade before it ended up heading out into the market. Notice the walking gods in the back – I didn’t get a chance to get them up close.