Sing An temple is located at Sing An road, Shih Gang village, Shih Gang township. According to the temple’s historical notes, after Zheng Cheng-gong led his troop to land on this island in 1661, he started to send troops to Shih Gang to greet the main god, Zhong Tan Yuan Shuai, for protection. At that time, Sing An temple might be an crude construction. In 1712, Shie’s family raised one thousand and five hundred dollars to repair this temple. The Shies’ was believed to be the most wealthy family in Shie village. The temple went through 6 restorations.


Shih Gang Sing An temple holds the leadership of
King Ship culture in Zseng Wen area.


Sing An temple preserves a large quantity of
religious inheritance.

   The holy pilgrimage in Sing An temple has been held every three years since long time ago. Every time it started, certain routes in the villages must be taken. This is a kind of territorial circumventing ceremony. At the beginning of the Qing Dynasty, 36 villages were involved with this activity. In 1988, 90 villages participated. Nowadays, the numbers are still increasing.

   There was a famous spot between the hall of Sing An temple and Yu-ting named “Throat of carps”. Colorful carvings of carps swimming are carved on the top of the bower. It is believed that this spot was originally an pound where water came in and carps swam. It is called the “cave of carps” (which is a blessed place in terms of Feng shui ). Based on elders’ knowledge, on Oct. 6th in 1971, some people witnessed an image of two carps showed on the incenses and this image was taken by cameras. People believe that this must be a truly blessed spot. There are golden carp flags for people to bring home to worship. These flags may provide protection to the house. Every time the holy pilgrimage was held, these houses were notified to bring back the flags so that Qian Sui god could know how well these carps have been giving protection to its’ people. Back to Top


The famous carving on walls of Sing An temple.


Blessing lights bring people all kinds of protection
and wellness.

   The Mother god, Zhong-tan-yuan-shuai and the nature god are worship in Sing an temple. This temple has been exist for more than three hundred years. Though this temple went through several times of reconstruction, the antiques have always been well preserved. “Ku-bian[1]”are one of the most valuables. At the first restoration in 1713, a square piece of “Ku-bian” was first preserved. Another piece of Ku-bian carved with “Both kind and powerful” was found at the second reconstruction. It was from 1847.

    In additional to twenty or more pieces of Ku-bian, the most famous Ku-bian was from Qing dynasty. It is believed to be made in An-ding township. The exact address has been missing and the words on it are too damaged to be recognized. It can only be referred to an accident of Zhu Yi Qui rebellion. It is also named as“Zhong-ten-bei”. The holy pilgrimage organized by Sing An temple includes two levels of activities: the share of incense (Gua-xiang) and sending gods away (Wang-qiao). It is a kind of incense-disease folk activity that has been taken place among temples. At the beginning, the routes in Shih Gang castle gradually spread to the west coast. In the end, 76 to 90 villages in this area joined this activity and this area has become the center of such culture. Back to Top


A historically significant Ku-bian in Sing An temple.


Well carved art works in Sing An temple.

   The origin of Shih Gang Incense activity is from the legend which tells a ship of gods in the South ocean drifted to Nan-he-pu in 1847. People in Nan-he-pu thus started to greet gods and then later they sent these gods away. In fact, 1874 is the year that this temple started the sending diseases gods away for the first time. It is also a year of one of the reconstructions. The history of sharing of incense should be detailed from the legend of “The first king ship found by people in Ku-ma temple . There should be seven phases to develop. Every phase represents a period of time with its specific historical background. This piece of Ku-bian has been believed to be very, very valuable.

   According our interviews with the elders in the temple, after Zhu Yi Qui’s rebellion, Wu Shih-lian’s troop (from Shih Gang castle) cooperated with Qing force. Later, this troop was praised on a piece wood built in front of the Wu’s house. Whoever passed this wood, must stop to worship. Many years later, some of the Han Chinese and indigenous people raised a stone in place of the wood one. Back to Top


[1]A piece of wood that were carved with meaningful words. They were usually posed as a decoration to show the spirits of a person or of a house.

 

   
 

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