Date: Jan 29, 2017
By: Ting Wei-chieh and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
A 328-year-old temple in Chiayi City has designed a dozen new charms that it is
distributing to temple-goers during the Lunar New Year holiday.
Shuangjhong Temple’s (雙忠廟) charms offer 12 different Taoist spells or blessings, promising success in love, examinations or weight loss, or warding off evils, such as a nagging or cheating spouse or loved one.
Su Chung-hao (蘇中浩), a temple devotee who works in the printing industry, said he made the charms with his good friend Kao Chi-jung (高基榮) as an offering after recovering from an illness.
The temple is dedicated to the gods of fidelity Chang Hsun (張巡) and Hsu Yuan (許遠).
Built in 1689, or the 28th year of the reign of emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, it is the first and oldest temple in the city, temple general manager Lin Chin-feng (林錦烽) said. [FULL STORY]