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The Culture of Taiwan

Literature and Art

If you want to observe the multifaceted manifestations of 5,000 years of culture, or feel for yourself the joy and harmony of life in a heterogeneous society, then a tour of Taiwan is just what you need.

Glove Puppetry

Glove puppetry is one of the most important traditional performing arts in Taiwan, an art form that incorporates literary motifs, music, and voice acting.The puppets are expertly crafted with carved wooden heads, elaborate attire, and other trimmings that make them works of art in their own right. Their faces have no obvious facial expression, so the liveliness of the figurines depends entirely on the puppetry skills of the puppeteer. The carvings and paintings of the puppet stage further add to the delight of the show.

Dough Figures

The making of dough figures is a traditional folk art steeped in Chinese culture. These figures are fashioned from steamed sticky rice and flour dough, and therefore are also called "rice sculptures." Most dough figures are made into characters from legendary stories or are shaped like beasts, flowers, and birds. Nowadays, some dough figures are shaped into cartoon and comic story characters as well. Since they are brightly colored, dough figures are popular among and loved by children. Dough figures were often sold at temple fairs. Today, they are considered as art works to be collected.

Whipping Tops

"Whipping top" is a game dating from ancient times which still enjoys great popularity today.This special type of folk sport is well preserved in the town of Daxi(Dasi) in Taoyuan County, where many residents begin whipping tops from a very young age. The largest "king top" displayed at the Furen Temple weighs 120kg, and is played with a whip thicker than your thumb. The next time you visit this enchanted town to see its yesteryear streets, appreciate the wooden furniture, and shop for tofu, don't forget to see the tops as well!

Taiwanese opera

When people come to visit Taiwan, what is the performance that they must see? When you ask senior citizens which programs they love to watch most or who their favourite superstar is, definitely, the answers are Taiwanese Opera and those excellent performers of Taiwanese Opera.
Taiwanese opera is the only form of Han traditional drama known to have originated in Taiwan, specifically the Yilan region. In the early stages, most Han immigrants in Yilan were from Zhengzhou, Fujian. Koa-á were story-telling ballads spoken in Min Nan. Each line could have five- or seven- characters, and every four lines constituted a paragraph.
Taiwanese (folk) opera, Pronounced "Koa-A-Hi" in Taiwanese, "Koa-A" in Taiwanese means songs and "Hi" means drama. We can say that "Koa-A-Hi" is characterized by her music and singing style. It possessed such a unique capacity to express the spirits that it touched the hearts of people in Taiwan from the past. The language used is a stylized combination of both literary and colloquial registers of Taiwanese. Its earliest form adopted elements of folk songs from Zhengzhou, Fujian, China. The story elements are traditionally based on folk tales of the Hokkien (Minnan) region.
Taiwanese opera was later exported to other Min Nan-speaking areas.
Taiwanese opera, like other forms of Chinese opera and theater around the world, often traditionally uses cross-dressed performers, specifically women portraying men's roles in the case of Taiwanese opera.
Modern and experimental forms show some propensity for syncretism. Western instruments such as the saxophone and guitar have been used in some performances. Loose Western adaptations have included Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector.[1] Perhaps due to the influence of the Taiwanese localization movement, stories set in Taiwan, as well as aboriginal characters and stories, have been developed in recent years. Taiwanese forms of the Hakka tea-picking opera show some influence. Fans of the opera attribute its continuing relevance to a willingness of performers to adapt to modern times in terms of style and artistic diversity.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Santaitz Li Nezha

Santaitz is the evolution of Taiwan’s traditional folk religion’s “Great God Generals. Name is Nezha, Na Zha, Nata or Nalakuvara is a Taoist protection deity, the trickster, originally of Chinese Buddhist mythology, and Nalakuvara in Hindu mythology . His official Taoist name is "Marshal of the Central Altar" (中壇元帥). He was then given the title "Third Prince" (三太子) after he became a deity.
Nezha was born during the Shang Dynasty in a military fortress at Chentang Pass. His father was a military commander named Li Jing, who later became the "Pagoda-wielding Heavenly King". Nezha's mother, Lady Yin.
He was later accepted by the immortal Taiyi Zhenren as a student. He had two older brothers, Jinzha, a disciple of Manjusri Bodhisattva, and Muzha, a disciple of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva.
Nezha is often depicted as a youth, instead of an adult. He is often shown flying in the sky riding on the Wind Fire Wheels (風火輪), has the Universe Ring (乾坤圈) around his body (sometimes in his left hand), the Red Armillary Sash (浑天绫) around his shoulders and a Fire-tipped Spear (火尖槍) in his right hand. Sometimes, he is shown in his "three heads and six arms" form (三頭六臂). He has the ability to spit fire in some legends.
"Techno Prince" also known as "the Third Electronic Music Princes". the Techno Prince Nezha Dance Parade in Taiwan is newly derived from traditional dance parade of "Third Prince Li Nezha" ( a deity in Chinese mythology in the form of a young warrior fighting demons, has long been part of the raucous performances at temple carnivals in Chinese communities).

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