The temple was just as crowded and busy on the other two nights I was there. Devotees and visitors thronged the temple grounds and prayer halls going about their activities. This is likely due to the fact most devotees will only have time to visit the temple in the evenings on weekdays, after their working hours.

Being more familiar with the place and environment after my initial visit, I felt more relaxed with my photography, less worried about disrupting the ceremonies or causing offence to the priests or devotees, and immersed myself in the spirit and atmosphere of the festival. For me, attending the festival has indeed been an eye-opening, fascinating and rewarding experience to know more about this interesting Taoist festival’s various ceremonies and its formalities. It has given me an insight and better appreciation of the devotees’ belief, commitment and devotion to the Nine Emperor Gods, who serve as a solace in hard times, a confidante for spiritual advice, a guardian, a source of strength and hope for better future and prospects, and that’s really saying something, in this day and age.

Here are more photos from around the temple grounds and within the temple halls.

I will subsequently post a final set of photos capturing the famous charcoal fire walking ceremony.

Part 1  can be found here .

All photos: Fuji X-E1 & X-E2 with XF 14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 18-55mm & 55-200mm.

 

 

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