Jianan Temple in Taoyuan County’s Pingchen City held a ceremony last Saturday at the occasion of the thousandth birthday of the temple deity, the Sage King Kaichang. One of the devotees, Teng Hsu-tun, presented a big crocodile weighing 195kg as an offering to the temple deity. By comparison, other more common offerings, such as pigs and lambs, presented on the offering table looked less impressive.
Teng said he decided to use a big crocodile as offering because it was a novelty, that would add an air of freshness to the ceremony. Teng also wanted to display his filial piety by giving his father his 15 minutes of fame. He said he spent NT$180,000 on this very big crocodile, which is more than the value of all the pigs and lambs offered to the deity.
The crocodile was still alive and kicking when it was brought to Teng’s house from Pingtung County. Because he has been breeding pigs for offerings for years, slaughtering a crocodile was not a problem for him, since the procedure is similar to slaughtering a sacrificial pig. The crocodile was distributed between the devotees in the evening, after the ceremony. Only the reptile’s shiny skin remained.
PHOTO: LUO CHENG-MING, LIBERTY TIMES
The crocodile offered by the Tengs was about 2m long. As soon as it arrived at the temple early last Saturday morning, it attracted the attention of lots of people who gathered around the croc. Teng also put an apple between its fangs in the hope that the Sage King Kaichang would assure peace and calm, as the Mandarin Chinese words for “apple” and “peace” are homophones — both words are pronounced “ping.”
After the temple ceremony, the crocodile was cooked and eaten by devotees at a temple banquet. Teng said people were very surprised when they saw the crocodile and wanted to have their photograph taken with it. He said this made him feel quite proud. He also said the crocodile tasted good and fresh and that it didn’t smell too bad, although it was a bit chewy.
(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)
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