Different feng shui stations
came from different villages. The organization of these stations
not only refers that a greeting toward Qian Sui god, it also
represents the solidarity of a village (or among villages).
Hundreds of people train themselves and perfect their skills for
this holy ceremony. Music and performance purify souls. When
Song-jiang station is performed, passions are aroused inside
these participants. Musical instruments are played to make
beautiful songs. The scenery such as Fang-che Lun (spinning
wheels), Ba-mei Tu (The eight beauties), the centipede station,
Jia-qian-lun-sheng (like the beauty from sky) are always
Double Chang station performs big drums
Niu-li-ge from Tong Gang was the first incense
in Shih Gang after 1949
Some of these station are from
traditional ceremonies in Ku-ma temple. Nowadays, they still
exist after hundreds of years passed. The beginning of this
ceremony can only be sourced through legends and oral stories.
These stories or legends are not necessary trustworthy. However,
having legends or stories is better than having nothing. We feel
the urgent to conserve these histories because we know that if
we don’t do it today, it no longer exists tomorrow. A piece of
wood can be damaged by rains and a piece of stone can be floated
away by flood. Time changes every thing. We don’t want to lose
our precious cultures.
People expect the next holy
pilgrimage right after one is just finished. These people are
trained to perform these stations. They make great team jobs to
provide hopes and entertainments to the villagers. The rituals
of the entry, the opening, the practicing, and the gratefulness
are four phases of station practice. They are unique. People
from different villages work together to help out in the
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Niu-li-ge in Po An temple has a long history
Shui-zu (aquarium) station is called “Hai-fan”.
This is an unique feng shui station.
One thing that are worth
mentioned is the “Jiao-jin (a kind of scarf)” from Shih Gang
villages. The organization of Jiao-jin is a presentation of
Jiao-jin is a kind of scarf
that are tied on the waist. In Shih Gang Zi Xiang, professional
teams create featured Jiao-jin. These Jiao-jin are especially
important for martial stations. Usually, teams related by blood
or by law may choose the same patterned Jiao-jin as their common
marks. There are five featured Jiao-jin:
1. The red: golden lion station (from Wu bamboo forest),
Song-jiang station (from the Mango forest), Song-jiang station
(from Xin-gi village), golden lion station (from Xi-nan
village), Niu-li-ge station (from East bamboo forest)
2. The yellow: golden lion station (from the big bamboo
forest), Wu-hu-ping-xi station (from Da-wen village), Song-jian
station (from Wai-du village), Song-jiang station (from
Nan-shih), Song-jiang station (from Da-liao), golden lion
station (from Guan village), Double Change station, jumping drum
station, Shui-zu (aquarium) station (from Nan-hai-pu), bull
fighting station (from Xin Gang).
3. The green: Song-jian station (from Ba-feng), golden
lion (from the bamboo port), golden lion (from Wen-zi village).
4. The blue: Song-jiang station (from Hou-ying).
5. The light green: white crane station.
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