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This is another picture of the ceremony at my local Taoist temple. These two men have entered into a trance and have been possessed by the spirits. The boy in front is , it appears, the monkey god, and the man behind is possessed by the deity of the temple. I have gone in close to show that they do seem to be in some kind of trance state. I never can tell if they are tricksters, or self deceivers, or even really possessed by spirits. Middle aged Chinese women were asking advice about the family concerns from the 'god'. His advice seemed to be mostly to give more money to the temple, and their grandson would pass his exams or their grand daughter would find a suitable husband. If they really do inhabit a celestial plane, I wondered why they were so interested in earthly money, a bit like TV evangelist shows etc. But then, I'm a bit if a skeptic, i suppose.

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  • Copyright: kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 173 N: 1802] (7517)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-12-25
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-12-27 3:50
Viewed: 1933
Points: 20
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