My General Impressions about Lugang
I must admit that I love Lugang (often spelled ‘Lukang’) and I love visiting the place. The place is rich with history and there is always something unique and different that captures my attention every time I visit. I know it gets a bad rap by most foreigners, as the place is often regarded as ‘boring’ and ‘not much to do’ there, on one of the forums for expats in Taiwan – but in all honesty, I love the place.
It has been an inspiration for me and for many blog posts. It is the place where I saw traditional doors for the first time. It is where I spent an afternoon exploring everything glass, including a glass temple. And let’s not forget those old temples, particularly the temple rooftops, that left me in awe.
Dragons and Warriors
Lugang was also the place where I saw ‘lions’ dance around for the very first time, where I first laid eyes on warriors with perfectly painted faces, and where I saw a man ‘obsessed and embodying’ the gods who physically hurt himself with a sword (yes, blood was running everywhere and it was a very hard for me to watch).
So, you can imagine my disappointment when my husband returned from a day of cycling to and around Lugang with a collection of lion dance and warrior photos. Yes, what started out as a cycling trip to and around Lugang for my husband and his buddies, with the main purpose to ‘eat’ Lugang, turned into a tour of the places’ main temples and attractions. The town is known for having several famous dishes and they cycled around the place, constantly refueling at roadside stands and markets serving delicious food.
But, let’s get back to the collection of pictures included in this post.
Yes, the photos in this post weren’t taken by me but rather my other half. I wished I had to have been there when the lion danced and the warriors did their routine, but I wasn’t.
Witnessing My First Lion Dance
However, what the pictures did do was to remind me of the first time I went to Lugang and saw the lion dance for the first time. I recalled how the lions swayed back and forth to the beat of the drum. I recalled the precision and accuracy of the two lion dancers as one would step on the other’s shoulders to make the lion soar through the air. I remembered how they came right in front of me shaking and twisting and allowed me to take close-up photos. And I still remember the excitement I felt inside to finally see something so unique and different for the first time. And how can I forget them posing for a picture with me afterwards.
And then I remembered the warriors making their appearance. The hand-painted make-up looked flawless and I wondered how long it took to paint such details with accuracy. I recalled their routine and their serious faces as the pranced around outside the temple. I remembered how they interacted with each other and with their weapons drawn and heads held high.
Yes, that is what these pictures did of me. It reminded me of some wonderful memories of when I was first an expat in Taiwan.
And I am glad that spark of being surrounded by something new and amazing and different hasn’t dwindled with time.
But, then again, I know myself and I know it never will.
~~These pictures were taken with my husband’s smartphone so the quality of the pictures area not as good as a camera, but I have to admit, the subjects in the images are pretty awesome. I also included some photos of ‘the crowd’ watching as well. Hope you enjoy!~~
Have you ever witnessed anything like this before? If so, please leave me a note in the comment box below. If not, would seeing something like this interest you?