Salt of Peace Festival.

Several times a year, busloads of worshippers of Wufu Qiansui make a pilgrimage to Nankunshen Daitian Temple in Tainan. Today my Vietnamese-French friend Dinh and I are here to take part in the Kunshen Lords Pingan Salt Festival. To show respect, believers often hire performers, including traditional musicians, martial artists and even pole dancers to entertain the gods.
In Taiwan, people believe in many gods. People are magnanimous, and so are the gods. Today is the third lord’s birthday. His name is Wu Siao-kuan. He is the only lord out of the five who doesn’t have a beard. He is herculean and handsome.
Wufu Qiansui means “five gods,” but originally there were more than 360 gods that are a part of this group of Daoist deities, and most of them specialized in protecting people from plagues.
Most of the Wangye’s and their temples in Taiwan came from Nankunshen Daitian Temple. On the third lord’s birthday, their spirits come back and pay respect, greet each other and get together. If they need help with something locally, they’ll ask the main spirit for help.
During the festival, lucky charms with salt in them are passed out to visitors. The salt farms in the Beimen area are the oldest existing ones in Taiwan.
Wow that is so heavy.
Yes, you got it.
In France I used to go to church. And the churches are really different. You go to church and there are no shops inside. People are just praying, and very calmly. No one is screaming, so let alone imagining having go-go dancers and all these fairs and all those people and all those fire crackers too. That just doesn’t happen in my country, so it’s a really interesting contrast.
 
鯤鯓王平安鹽祭

王爺信徒每年舉行好幾次來到南鯤鯓代天府的進香行程。今天我和越南法國混血朋友Dinh來到這裡參加鯤鯓王平安鹽祭活動,我們看到信徒為了酬神,邀請傳統樂手,武術高手,甚至鋼管舞孃來表演。
台灣是一個多神論的地方,也是包容性很大,人也一樣,神明也一樣,包容性都很大。今天是我們的三王爺的生日,祂姓吳,叫做吳孝寬,所有的王爺裡面,唯有祂沒長鬍子。祂長得很魁武,英俊瀟灑。
五府千歲是五神的意思,不過最早的王爺多達360位,這些神明主要跟瘟神有關。
凡是王爺的系統,大部分都是由南鯤鯓代天府分靈出去。三王的生日,祂們都要回來謁祖,要回來會親,見見老大,大家談一談。地方上祂們分靈的地方有什麼疑難雜症的事情,就回來請教老大哥,需要協助的(就會得到幫忙)。
平安鹽祭期間,來訪者可以帶走裡面裝著鹽的護身符。說到鹽,南鯤鯓附近的北門瓦盤鹽田是台灣現存最古老的鹽田。
好,對對。
哇,好重喔。
在法國我都會去做禮拜。教堂很不一樣,裡面沒有攤販,大家很安靜的禱告。沒有人大叫,更無法想像鋼管舞者,熱鬧的活動,還有鞭炮。這在我的國家是不存在的,所以是個非常有趣的對比。