I love a temple!
As soon as we landed in Taiwan, we headed downtown Taipei and as we always do went straight for the night market. This temple was right on the corner. I couldn’t believe how many people were there, doing prostrations, making wishes, praying. It was right busy!
Some day, I need to have someone take me into the temple and really explain how things are done. I try to stay out of people’s way, but there are a lot of walking in rounds, moving from here to there, and bowing. I hope I’m not getting in their way. That’s when I feel like an intruder, an outsider. As a traveler, I want to be an observer, but primarily a silent, unobtrusive one.
The closest things I’ve done to explain the rituals were in Japan I was able to go to a Buddhist temple and a Shinto Shrine where the priests explained the history of the religion in Japan, as well as explaining how a ceremony goes. In Korea, I did a temple stay with some explanation, and also I stumbled upon a Shamanism ceremony once which was fascinating, but I had no idea what was going on, and it lasted for hours! I gave up after maybe two or so.