I am still struggling to understand Taiwan’s religiosity more deeply. I just found out that Koxinga (Zheng Chenggong) is worshipped as a deity in Taiwanese temples. Koxinga was a Ming Dynasty loyalist who resisted the Qing invasion of China in the 17th century.
He retreated to Taiwan in 1661, expelled the Dutch and founded a Dynasty that ruled Taiwan until 1684. In a recent post, Apple Daily reported on a shrine built in Changhua County. Suddenly, from the statue of Koxinga honey began to flow. However, that was not a miracle…
|Statue of Koxinga in Tainan’s Koxinga Temple|
In fact, bees had used the base of the Koxinga statue as their nesting site and had grown a colony inside. Looking at this shrine, I wonder what people think and feel when they worship Koxinga. In the West, this kind of deification of humans was common in the Roman Empire, where Emperors were declared Gods (divi). Perhaps, this can be compared to the worship of saints in the Catholic Church.
Koxing is also worshipped in mainland China, and a statue in his honour can be found on Gulang island, in Fujian Province.
A short video of Koxinga Temple in Tainan