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Tainan’s Yen Clan Association expands ancestor worship
台南顏姓宗祠擴大祭祖

A sculpture of Yen Hui with a book in one hand and a brush for writing calligraphy in the other at the Yen Clan Ancestral Hall of Benyuanliao in Greater Tainan’s Annan District on April 3.
這張四月三日攝於台南市安南區的照片,是本淵寮顏姓宗祠奉祀一手拿書、一手拿筆的顏回神尊。

Photo: Tsai Wen-chu, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡文居

The Yen Clan Ancestral Hall of Benyuanliao in Greater Tainan’s Annan District has a rarely seen sculpture of Yen Hui, one of the original disciples of Confucius. The figure holds a book in one hand and a brush for writing calligraphy in the other. The god has been worshipped there for 20 years. After doing a survey throughout Taiwan, the Greater Tainan Yen Clan Association discovered that Yen Hui is only worshipped in Tainan and Keelung. In celebrating its 20th anniversary, the hall expanded its ancestor worship activities and included a celebration of the birth of Matsu, goddess of the sea.

Yen Guo-tsai, president of the Greater Tainan Yen Clan Association, says that Confucius’ disciple Yen Hui is an ancestor of the Yen clan, and that the Yen Clan Ancestral Hall of Benyuanliao, the Yen Clan Shrine in Greater Tainan’s Hsinying District, as well as the Yen Clan Association in Greater Kaohsiung’s Cieding District, all belong to the same clan. The Benyuanliao branch of the Yen clan has been around for more than 10 generations. Yen Guo-tsai is a ninth-generation Yen.

Yen says the hall was built in 1992 and there are three gods worshipped in all — Yen Hui, Matsu and the bodhisattva Ksitigarbha. When venerable elders were first preparing to build the ancestral hall, they were initially going to carve a sculpture of Yen Hui themselves, but eventually procured one and brought it back to the hall after discovering it, the last one available at a shop selling Buddhist religious objects at the time.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

台南市安南區本淵寮顏姓宗祠有一尊罕見的孔子門徒之一顏回的神尊,一手拿書、一手拿筆,供奉迄今已有二十年。台南顏姓宗親會遍查各地發現,目前僅基隆、台南兩地奉祀顏回神尊;今年適逢顏姓宗祠落成二十週年,於三月七日已擴大祭祖並為媽祖祝壽。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. disciple n.

門徒 (men2 tu2)

例: The 12 disciples traditionally thought to have followed Jesus could represent the 12 tribes of Israel.

一般認為奉祀耶穌的十二個門徒也許象徵的是以色列人的十二支派。

2. expand v.

擴大 (kuo4 da4)

例: We would like to expand the scope of our operation by involving more people from outside our own group.

我們希望容納更多我們團體之外的人參與,擴大我們的範圍。

3. bodhisattva n.

菩薩 (pu2 sa4)

例: Avalokiteshvara is one of the most revered bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism.

觀世音菩薩是大乘佛教中被敬仰的菩薩之一。


台南市顏姓宗親會理事長顏國在表示,顏姓宗親以孔子的弟子顏回為祖先,本淵寮顏姓宗祠與台南新營顏氏家廟、高雄茄萣顏姓宗親均屬同宗,本淵寮這一支祖先已繁衍十餘代,他是第九代。

他說,顏姓宗祠於一九九二年落成,除顏回外,也奉祀隨祖先渡海來台的媽祖神尊,並新奉祀地藏王菩薩共三尊。當時耆老籌建宗祠時,想雕刻一尊顏回神尊奉祀,到佛具店探詢,發現店內已有一尊,直接請回奉祀迄今。

(自由時報記者蔡文居)

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