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The Main Salvation Altar of the Ghost Festival in Keelung
|Contributors: ||NTOU:Institute of Oceanic Culture|
Main Salvation Altar;Surname Rotation System;the Armed Conflicts between the Settler from Zhangzhou and Quanzhou;Taka-Sago Park
|Issue Date: ||2011-10-20T07:55:37Z
After the radical armed conflicts happened between the settlers from Zhangzhou and Quanzhou in 1853 (the third year of Xianfen), the local gentries in Keelung took the surname rotation system based on consanguinity to run the Ghost Festival to reconcile regional conflicts. From then on, parade competition replaced fighting and becomes an important feature of the Ghost Festival run by clan networks. In fact, although the designing and construction of the main salvation altar do not enter into a contest, they demonstrate the strength of clan organizations and have become one of the most characteristic activities of the Ghost Festival in Keelung. Every year, the on-duty clan particularly organizes a designing team and a construction team within the preparatory committee to take responsibility for the main salvation altar that can stand for its importance and significance in the Ghost Festival. This article will focus on the planning, designing, process of change and development and evolution of the main salvation altar construction. The research shows that since the Japanese rule to the post-war period, the on-duty clan organization every year works hard to show, to elaborate or to decorate the altar, and the creative designing of the altar becomes an index of the clan strength. However, after the post-war relocation of the altar from Taka-Sago Park to Chung-cheng Park, the already established construction has not only obstructed the clan organizations from performing themselves, but also stabilized the costs of construction. But, compared with the parade competition, the construction costs of the altar still take a large part of the total expenditure as most on-duty clans run the Ghost Festival.
|Appears in Collections:||[海洋文化研究所] 演講及研討會|
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