Worship in Fuyou Temple, a Historial Site in Tamsui (淡水福佑宮介紹) EP2 with ENG/CHN SUB

Worship in Fuyou Temple, a Historial Site in Tamsui (淡水福佑宮介紹) EP2 with ENG/CHN SUB


Welcome back In the previous introduction, we were talking about the background of Mazu and Tamsui Fuyou Temple In this video, let’s continue to enjoy more about this temple Here we are standing at the public square in front of the Fuyou Temple This place used to be the center of commercial activities since the temple was established In 2010, local government tear down the concrete building and restored its original appearance The view now is clear when you stand at this front square And the Sea Goddess Mazu can look toward the sea Before we go into the temple, you can see
that there are three entrances The middle one is for God or Goddess Every year when it comes to Mazu’s birthday between late March and early April, she will go out of the temple from this door, and get on her holy sedan to give her blessing to Tamsui local residents during the pilgrimage When other Gods or Goddesses come to visit Fuyou Temple, they will also go through the middle door as well As we, mortal human, according to the tradition, should use the door in the right side to get in and the left one to get out. Follow me. Let’s go into the temple. Standing at the same direction with Mazu. This is Mazu’s visual field. The door we went through is on the left side of Mazu, which we call it dragon side, and the right side is tiger side. In Chinese mythology, dragon is propitious, it can bring you luck. And tiger is ferocious. If you come into the temple from it, it could harm you. So we shall get in from dragon door to embrace the blessing, go out through tiger door and leave the bad luck behind. The main architecture of Fuyou Temple follows the Taoism style. Goddess Mazu is sitting at the center of the hall. To the left-hand side of Mazu is Guanyinpusa(Avalokitesvara in Sanskrit). An old saying says that Mazu
is a reincarnation of Guanyinpusa, so she can see the pain and hear the sorrow from people with two helpers QIan li yan and Shun feng er. QIan li yan means Eyes in English,
who can see thousands of miles away. And Shun feng er means Ears, who can hear the sounds from the wind. To Mazu’s right-hand side is Narcissus King水仙尊王 and other Gods related to water, such as Emperor Yu 大禹 who tames the flood, a legend that had been told for 2000 years and patriotic poet Chu Yuan, by whom comes the Dragon Boat Festival and the custom of wrapping zongzi or rice dumplings. In the corridor at the dragon side of the
temple, there is a joss money burner. What is joss money and what is that for? I’ll explain later. Let’s get familiar with the Gods here first. This is Wenchang, the God of Literature. If you are having an exam, you can pray him for passing with higher score. Anything about exams belongs to his authority, but cheating is definitely not allowed. Sometimes we also see people preying for promotion from Wenchang, especially for those who are working in public sectors. And Gods of Taisui. According to ancient Chinese
astrology, Taisui are stars right opposite of the Jupiter, pretty much like signs of zodiac. Emperor Jade玉皇大帝, who is the king of the heaven in Chinese mythology, assigns sixty Taisui to help him supervising the mortal world. Each of them will be on duty for one year. For example, this year is Rat year of Geng
Zi庚子, and the leading Taisui is General Lumi盧秘將軍. Among those sixty Taisui, many of them have military background and they look serious in their appearance. According to the tradition, all those born in the year of Rat are judged to have offended Taisui. Therefore they are suggested to make application to the temple and the temple will help avoid
bad luck and pray safety for those Taisui-offenders. Then, the Gods of Wealth, we call them 財神 in Chinese. People implore them for success and prosperity. A big fortune is even better. People believe touching this gold ingot can make dream come true. Look, how it shines. All people want to be rich. At the tiger side of the temple, The first
hall in this corridor places four Gods for worship. Chenghuang sits in the center. He
manages the nether world, if Yama is the king of hell like Lucifer, then Chenghuang is the mayor empowered by Yama. On the left hand side of Chenghuang is GuanYu or GuanGon. GuanYu was a famous general in the Three Kingdoms Era. Since then GuanYu represents a symbol of royalty and brotherhood. On the right hand side of Chenghuang is Tudigon. He is the local guardian god, watching over the ground nearby. And Huyeh lies under the table. He is a god with an image of tiger, so we call him General Tiger as well. Many gods ride tiger as their
vehicle, such as Chenghuang and Tudigon. People believe that tiger would protect them from demons in many traditional tales. So we venerate tiger as a guardian god as well . The second hall here, the wooden memorial tablets are set to commemorate people with contributions to Fuyou temple, including the late abbots and those who sacrificed themselves for Taiwan during the Sino-French War in nineteen century. And the statue in front of the tablets is Dechangwangpusa (Ksitigarbha in Sanskrit). He took a great vow that he will never accept being a buddha, before all souls are saved. Down here, this is Yuelao. He is the God of Love like Cupid. He is a matchmaker, and helps people find their Mr. or Ms.right with their wisdom. Yuelao has been extremely popular among those singles as most of singles come to pray for relationship frequently, especially nowadays. In the next video, I will show you how to
worship Mazu and draw a fortune stick. See you

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