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Old Aug 17, 2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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Worshipping the Goddess of the Sea. For centuries, fishmen on both sides ofTaiwan Straitprayed to her for good luck before sea voyages, e.g. off-shore fishingand going abroad for business or at time when they were exposed to the attack oftyphoons.
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Old Aug 17, 2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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In #1, the 6 more prominent Chinese characters in golden color are the name of the Goddess as well as the place where she is being worshipped. She has a lot of 'fans' and these worshippers come her knees on regular basis to pray for good luck.
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Old Aug 17, 2007, 11:49 AM   #3
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This is an imaginary beast of ancient China, which stands for fortune. Under its limbs are coins used in imperial China.

This sculpture is usually seen at the entrance to Chinese temple. Here in this shot, the temple is the one dedicatedto Confucious as well as a Chinese general by the name Guang Gongwho was known for his righteousness and wholived in about 500 BCwhen China was in theEra of Three States, with 3 warlords competing for kingship.
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style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The little statue on the bottom right hand corner is the Guang Gong I am referring to.
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