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Tai Sui
Have you pacified Tai Sui yet?
您安太歲了嗎?

儘管道教信徒及民間信仰者,對犯太歲這件事多抱持寧可信其有,但多數宗教仍認為不分生肖,日日是好日,心正就沒有犯太歲問題,民俗學者林茂賢則解釋,俗諺說:「太歲當頭坐,無災也有禍。」主要仍是「求心安」。國內各宮廟安太歲的收費與點光明燈類似,費用從數百到上千元皆有。

(自由時報記者楊久瑩)

While Taoists and believers of folk religions still feel it safer to believe in the concept of offending Tai Sui rather than not, most religions still hold that every day is a good day regardless of one’s zodiac sign and that one will not offend Tai Sui as long as one’s heart is true and pure. Ethnologist Lin Mao-sheng explained how those at the greatest risk of offending Tai Sui will experience major problems even if they do not experience disasters. Lin said that most people who pacify Tai Sui do it for their peace of mind. Taoist and Buddhist temples around Taiwan all charge similar rates for pacifying Tai Sui as they do for the lighting of a small lamp for good fortune during the Lunar New Year, with rates ranging from a few hundred New Taiwan (NT) dollars to more than NT$1,000.

(Translated by Drew Cameron)

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