Date: Dec 05, 2015
By: Yeh Kuan-yu / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Thousands of religious devotees flocked to Qingshan Temple (青山宮) in
Taipei’s Wanhua District (萬華) this week to join in the nightly patrols and parades celebrating the birthday of the deity Qingshanwang (青山王; Green Mountain King), which was yesterday.
Some of the most eye-catching personages in the annual Qingshanwang Festival are the bajiang (八家將), or Eight Generals.
The Eight Generals, along with an inlutongzi (引路童子, guide boy), serve as guards for Qingshanwang.
Each year, eight people play the role of the Eight Generals — four green-faced “lock generals” and four red-faced “cangue generals” — and a child is dressed up as a “guide boy” — said to be transformed from a white crane — who carries a calabash that contains conquered evil spirits. [FULL STORY]