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Ta Tien Hou Temple or Matsu Temple, used to be the palace of the exiled Ming prince Chu Shu-kuei until 1683 when it was converted into a temple devoted to Matsu by the Ching general Shi Lang.

Matsu is the “Goddess of Mercy” or "Queen of Heaven". This temple is the oldest official temple to Matsu in all of Taiwan, it faces west on a slope looking out to the old city wharf. Today Tainan is a short distance distance from the sea and the port is called Anping.

I visited the temple few days before the Chinese New Year. It is an important time for the Taiwanese in their preparation for the Lunar New Year which was on Monday, January 26, 2009 — The Year of the Ox. It is a time to honour the Gods and pay homage to one’s Ancestors and the series of photos up-loaded today show people at various shrines within the Matsu Temple.

Thank you for your comments on Tainan night’s market. Hoping you’ll find today’s upload of some interest.
Have a nice evening,
Jean-Noël

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:SIGNMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:“LOVE, DEVOTION AND SURRENDER” (1)
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:24 Feb 2009 - 6:03 PM
Tags:/ta tien hou temple, Landscape / travel, Matsu goddess of the sea, Matsu temple, Portraits / people, Republic of china, Tainan, Taiwan
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 6:09 PM

Most interesting images, Jean-Noel, and a great write-up, thank you. Carol

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Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
24 Feb 2009 - 7:16 PM

Great capture and series JNC

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 7:49 PM

What an interesting set if images JNC.
Bob

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 8:35 PM

A delightful glimpse of Taiwanese culture and color. Great travel shots, most enjoyable.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 8:40 PM

Interesting images. #1 is my favorite. Wonderfully done.....Sandy

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6521 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 8:46 PM

A great series of images. - gary

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Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 8:49 PM

Wonderful work.

Rock

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 9:05 PM

Superb set

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 9:26 PM

Good candids, and interest - excellent write up

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 10:39 PM

Enjoyed--- lots of red1
Jennnnn

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jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
25 Feb 2009 - 7:30 AM

Great informations and pictures

Peter

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whiteswan01
25 Feb 2009 - 12:24 PM

wow great info nice shots
Dawn

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cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 11:08 AM

Interesting set.
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photophantom
26 Feb 2009 - 9:23 PM

They are known to be religious, great shots JNC

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gerrymac  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 10:58 PM

Lovely set once more and nice write up
Gerry

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sillygirl  6 Sweden
1 Mar 2009 - 8:29 AM

Great shots, and your writing makes them even more interesting. Grin
Marie

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MorneR
MorneR  7 South Africa
17 Apr 2009 - 2:15 PM

HI JNC

Great series. My favourite one by far is no.4 love it.

Cheers
Morné

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