用英文介紹台灣的媽祖在地文化,做個文化的外交寶寶。

大甲媽祖遶境 用英文介紹台灣

時事話題 2017/05/09 人氣(15087)
written by 布里安娜

自從弱冠之年寫了科學與宗教的報告以後,就認為自己是無神論者 Agnostic, 但又好像是不相信神論者Atheist ,看了少年pi 的奇幻漂流後,又覺得當多神論者Pantheist也可以。

最近,因家人突然要參加大甲媽祖遶境,原本覺得實在是太迷信(superstitious)¸ 後也覺得好像去玩個兩三天也無仿。回顧我大學時代因大甲媽祖遶境經過,曾經跟外籍室友和同事們一起用香柱huge incense(好大的一支香),來當作星際大戰的光劍( light saber),說I am your father!這打打殺殺的回憶其實就是學英文的一種社交展現,布里安娜這次要帶大家用英文介紹本土的在地文化,做個文化的外交寶寶。
 
本土文化的10個重要有關名詞
Taoism: 道教,普遍燒香(burn the incense)燒金紙 (burn the paper money) 以及多神論。台灣普遍民間信仰
Buddhism: 佛教,不燒香不燒金紙,一種近似哲學的宗教,講究因果輪迴,來世再生,苦行僧的概念。
Matsu: 媽祖,台灣與中國東南沿海的海神,本名林默娘,因救出海的爸爸而溺死,她庇佑著漁民。詳情請看媽祖的故事。
Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage大甲媽祖遶境: 台灣最大宗教活動之一,總時間為步行9天8夜。從彰化到嘉義,意為媽祖巡視與大甲鎮瀾宮有關的廟宇。被UNESCO認定為世界文化現存遺產,world living heritage.
Worshipper 信眾,worship v. 崇拜,膜拜。
Dragon and lion dance :舞龍舞獅。
The leader of the parade( Zhentou): 陣頭¸傳統的表演藝術,
Santaizi: the third prince 三太子,不是sometimes 喔!
Loyal attendant: Matsu忠實的僕人,eyes that see a thousand miles and ears that hear upon the wind (順風耳和千里眼)
Sedan chair : 神轎 


其他本土文化的重要名詞
符: talisman
慶典: festival
八家將: 8 generals.
觀落陰: contact with the deceased loved ones. 
孔廟: Confucian temple
Lunar year: 陰曆
Patron: 庇護人,恩人,守護神
Deity: 神
Fireworks: 鞭炮 煙火
Mecca: 宗教聖地麥加。用以比喻其他有名宗教聖地。 


Conversations about Taiwanese Culture

A: Hey, Sam, welcome to Taiwan! How long are you going to stay in here?
B: About 10 days. Do you know any interesting Taiwanese events during my stay?
A: You should visit Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage. It happens in March in lunar calendar and it last for 9 days 8 nights. Millions of people will participate in this religious event. During this long walk, you can see fireworks, dragon and lion dance, even electronic Santaizi, very local and traditional performing arts.
B: Where should I stay during this long walk?
A: Of course you can stay in the hotel, but there are many kind people who are willing to provide their home for worshippers to crash for a night. Temples will prepare unlimited vegetarian foods for thousands of participants when they are hungry.
B: That will suit me as a backpacker. How should I start?
A: Google Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage, you can find the route and decide which day you want to join.
B: I can't wait to see the craziness and the crowd of the Taiwanese traditional culture. I am going to take many  pictures and be ready for the unknown surprises.

A: 你應該參觀每年農曆三月大甲媽祖遶境9天8夜的活動。百萬人會參加這個宗教活動。在這隨媽祖走的時候,你會看到煙火,舞龍舞獅,電音三太子,非常本地的傳統表演藝術。
B:那我這期間應該睡哪呢
A:當然你可以睡飯店拉。但這時會有很多好心人願意提供他們的家給信徒當作睡一晚的地方。廟宇也會準備無限的素食食物給上千上萬的信徒餓時吃。
B:這樣很適合我這種背包客也,我該如何開始呢?
A:上網搜尋大甲媽祖遶境的路線,你再決定哪一天你要參加。
B:我等不及要來看到台灣傳統文化的瘋狂與擁擠的人群。我會照很多很棒的照片並等待這未知的驚喜!!
 
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