Besides my Abandoned Tape Project, I have decided to do something decidedly easier, yet a bit more complex. Whilst asking people whether they know an person who is singing is rather easy, finding information on every song will be difficult. Contrastingly, I have found sixty generals' names and information on them, but translating these from Chinese will be somewhat daunting.
So, the skinny is this: A-lun and I went out tonight to try and find some Tamsui elders to gather data on the songs from the abandoned tape. Unfortunately, we found no such people and wandered around for a bit. We went from the Tamsui Matsu Temple on Old Street to the biggest Land God temple in Tamsui, up the hill behind the Matsu temple. There, near Kuangong, Land God, Hell God, and a number of other gods, was an enclave containing 69 statues. 60 of these statues are generals, and the other ones are...well, we'll just figure that out eventually, now, won't we?
All of the gods and generals in the room
Here are more "close up" versions of the sides, where the generals located; I will list their names below each picture. Please note: I will not translate these yet, but will do so in later posts.
(Left to right, back row to front row)
(right to left, back row to front row)
Yes, they have an order, so that is why they are numbered.
My first update will be a general history on just what the names are supposed to represent/mean, and subsequent posts will give "historical" data on each, in sequential order.