Radio Taiwan International
Date: 06 July, 2020
By: Leslie Liao
This year, two Mazu proxies met for the first time in 14 years!
It’s pilgrimage season in Taiwan, and temples around the island are taking their idols of the sea goddess Mazu out for a stroll. Worshippers from the Baishatun Gongtian Temple in Miaoli have carried their Mazu idol in this palanquin, to Dajia Zhenlan Temple nearly 30 kilometers away.
The palanquin-bearers gear up for the home stretch and make a break for the temple doors. This is the first time in fourteen years that the Mazu idols of Gongtian and Zhenlan temples meet. It’s a historic event, and the size of the crowd shows just how significant it is.