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Wang Yeh Burning Boat Festival Taiwan

The Wang Yeh boat burning festival occurs once every three years.  Disease spreading ghosts, or Wang Yeh, are lead onto the boats by priests and mediums.  The boat, sitting atop a mountain of ghost money (money burned by locals for the benefit of their dead ancestors) is then burned, sending the spirits back to their world, hopefully taking their plagues with them.  This year, I believe, there was a special focus on H1N1 (the Swine Flu).

To navigate the gallery below, simply click on the picture to progress to the next, or use the arrows that appear on either side of it.

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8 Responses to Wang Yeh Burning Boat Festival Taiwan

  1. Steve October 26, 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    Hmm. Looks good, where are the rest of the photos?

    Jiyo… I am with you on the next excursion!

  2. Tailaowai November 8, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Thanks! Those were great shots! I’ve seen you name around, and now I’ll look for more high-quality stuff from you!


  3. Matt Gibson November 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks Tailaowai. If you’d like to see some more great photography, come down to ImageiNation II this weekend https://xpatmatt.com/2009/10/imageination-ii-november-14th-29th/

  4. Tracy Chen January 18, 2010 at 1:22 am #

    Hey Matt,I have moved to dong gang for months.
    I was on the festivel too but i didnt go to the burning boat because it’s too crowded.
    My dad’s office and home are near the temple.so bad I didnt know you yet!
    Anyway, you took great shots.

  5. Matt Gibson January 20, 2010 at 2:39 am #

    Thanks Tracy. That’s too bad. It would have been nice to have known somebody there. But, I wouldn’t have been much fun. I was running around like a crazy man trying to shoot everything. You can read an article I wrote about it here: http://highway11.net/index.php/en/society/culture/142-a-good-old-fashioned-boat-burning

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