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 amazing.


Double Chang station performs big drums


Niu-li-ge from Tong Gang was the first incense station
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 ceremony. Back to Top

 


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 their integrity.

   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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