Drumming in honor of Baosheng Dadi.
Dragon dance on the way
Baosheng Dadi's messenger, receiving orders from the temple.
The messenger with a cigarette holder and "peace bread"
Drums taking a break from the festivities.
A traditional "band", with a heavily decorated drum holder.
Traditional horns- they sound kindof like bagpipes.
Marching through the narrow streets of west Taipei.
Baosheng Dadi's messenger paying respects at another temple along the parade route.
A Taiwanese-style lion dance.
Dragging a sedan chair with a god in it towards the temple, to represent the god paying respects.
Drummers getting pulled through the street.
Yet another god.
A particularly ugly guardian spirit.
Flags being carried through the street.
A big drum.
Bajia Jiang- a sort of exorcism, where the performers are possessed by the spirits they are dressed as and perform certain fighting formations to drive away evil demons.
A god is prepared for firewalking with talismans and blessings from Baosheng Dadi.
Patting down the coals.
A lion dance around the coals.
A god is carried around the coals.
The salt is thrown on...
...and the firewalking begins.
Shennong's Birthday, 2009
Devotees possessed by a spirit shake the spirit's chair.
The Song Jiang Guard, a martial arts performing group from Kaohsiung
The Techno Princes
Dragon dancers passing by.
Two performers from Yunlin.
Bajiajiang: these performers are possessed by spirits while performing.
A performance about caring for the elderly.