“The Flying Phoenix: A Taiwanese Sectarian Culture Exhibition”

  • 20 May, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

Across Taiwan, you’ll find intriguing buildings called phoenix halls. It’s hard to say exactly what kind of buildings these phoenix halls are because they have filled so many roles through the years. At their core, though, phoenix halls are centers of a religious movement rooted in a distinct period of Taiwan’s history. These phoenix halls are the subject of an ongoing exhibit at the Lanyang Museum, “The Flying Phoenix: A Taiwanese Sectarian Culture Exhibition”. This is the first ever museum exhibit about phoenix halls, and there’s hardly a museum better suited to host it than the Lanyang. The museum is situated in Taiwan’s northeastern corner, the place many say is the birthplace of the phoenix hall movement. Here to introduce this religious sect and its practices is the museum’s Mr. Lin.