Ghost Month has begun here in Taiwan. The Taiwanese believe that the gates of hell will be opened for the next month. The demons, spirits, ghost, and whatever else might hunt you will be released. What this means is there is a lot of things you have to do to fend off the demons.
Starting with of course, burning lots of paper money to them. It is very interesting walking around. I have seen a group of people at work in business suits standing in front of their company burning paper money. All over in front of different shops and homes you will see a table sitting by the street with 2 Liter Coke bottles, crackers, and other foods all with incense sticks stuck to them, sacrificing the food to the spirits. Later they will eat it themselves because of course the gods/spirits can't eat the food. Some other things you shouldn't do is whistle (because a ghost might follow you home), travel long distances or move to another house (the ghost might get into your home or cause you bad travels), don't swim or do other dangerous things that the ghost could use to harm you, don't get married, or do a lot of other things.
This is an interesting time in Taiwan. Many people get sick from the all the smoke from the constant burning of things.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
The first day we headed to the southern point of Taiwan. We spent the night in the night market and the morning hanging out at the beaches before the tourist arrived.
|This photo was taken behind McDonald's|
The next day we went white water rafter on a class 0 river maybe class 1. Despite the lack of intensity and little risk of death or injury, we made the peaceful ride very fun, while entertaining the Taiwanese with our American culture.
We then arrived in Hualian around 9. I finally enjoyed a nice hot American flavored pizza from Domino's. I haven't had pizza for 4 months. I enjoyed a 12" all to myself, eating every last bite. Also almost everyday we ate at McDonald's for breakfast.
While the guys rested from the long day, I headed out on the streets to skateboard and explore.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
I will be spending the next 1 year and a half with Jacob teaching God's Word through English at SYME. I arrived here 3 months before Jacob came but he finally made it so we have been having lots of fun here in Taiwan.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For Bible Club we used a Pirate theme, singing pirate songs, talking with awesome accents, playing battleship (photo above) and learning about Jonah. The main question for the night, "Are you running to God or away and why."
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
|Trying to win some fish - ring toss style|
I went to ChengHua this weekend to spend time with an old student and to also check out the christian camp their church runs. The first night we arrived, we went to the night market something that becomes very common when living in Taiwan. (Photo: Turtle shaped food)
However we lost. So we went to the pet store. You can buy almost anything as a pet in Taiwan; crazy looking fish, tiny squarral like creatures, and sting rays, among other things.