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This past weekend I visited the South of Taiwan for the first time - Tainan and Kaohsiung. It was quite an experience. Especially a food experience, since in Taiwanese culture food is really important. I can now say that I have eaten chou doufu (stinky fermented tofu) and that it really is as tasty as they say. ;)

We happened to be there on a major "bai-bai day" - a day when the people bring lots of sacrifices to the ghosts. Basically they set up a table outside their shop (even McDonald's) and pile it with food for the ghosts (usually including pineapples or dragonfruit or other round fruit because round is a good shape, in the case of McDonald's also hamburgers!), and then leave it for the ghosts to eat their fill. At some point they burn special paper money - as it is burnt, it goes over to the underworld so the ghosts can use it.

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But in Tainan what I also saw was a procession - I'm not quite sure what it was about, possibly some gods visiting another god, maybe a god's birthday. Anyway, there were people carrying sedan chairs with little idols in them, and others dressed up in masks and things, possibly representing gods too. There were also spirit-mediums who were going to lash themselves but I didn't get to see it (maybe a good thing, I got a reallly bad feeling about it and no wonder, it really is a very dark practice involving possession and all that; really really freaky).

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Along with the procession came a HUGE noise of loud temple music and - especially - firecrackers. On Sunday in Kaohsiung I ran into another procession and they also set off firecrackers and ended up hazing up the whole street, plus collecting a mountain of firecracker bits after they exploded. The noise was immense, and all the little children in the vicinity were plugging their ears with their fingers and a few were crying. It realy was LOUD. The purpose of the firecrackers is to scare off the evil spirits so they can't harm the gods.

So I got a glimpse of traditional Taiwanese religion while I was down South, in a way I hadn't seen it up in Taipei. The South is a lot more traditional, according to my father, so one sees such things much more often there. After this first short glimpse of the South and its religiosity, I'm not so adverse to the thought of going there again, for longer - though it will be very different from the northern Taiwan I'm used to, and (as concerns religion) quite a bit darker and more resistant to the Gospel. Plus I'd have to learn Taiwanese (and Mandarin is proving challenging enough already :gahh: ).

Anyway... there you have a little glimpse.
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I'm a missionary kid (i.e. my parents are missionaries) and cross-cultural kid (i.e. my parents come from different cultures) and grew up in Asia.

I'm currently studying theology in Europe, being trained as a pastor, but I hope to return to Taiwan as a missionary (so I'm also trying to keep up and improve my Mandarin alongside).

My big project is writing a poem for (almost) every woman in the Bible. deng-li-xin32.deviantart.com/g…

Besides that, I love reading, baking cupcakes (and experimenting a bit), playing the flute, and watching historical films (or random Taiwanese dramas to keep up my Mandarin).

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Ten Seconds Prayer for Taiwan: www.taiwanteam.org/index.html
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But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. (Ephesians 3:8)

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Watertiger1419 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for the fave
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ps. It's kinda like...example: I want to become a famous food photographer but I really don't think it will happen!!

Or one could say...I want to become a famous food photographer and I am willing to do everything and anything to achieve my dream.

Just a thought...
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theresahelmer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
Why do you say you want to be a missionary, then straight away you said it is a privilege you don't think you deserve?

Sending mix message is worst than not having any message to say at all, no?
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Cartoongal Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Writer
我也学中文, 可是我学 Simplified。
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118HaloMan Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
God Bless~
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