Baosheng Dadi (保生大帝) is a Chinese god of medicine worshiped in Chinese folk religion and Taoism most popularly in Fujian and Taiwan.
The historical figue of Wu Tao or Wu Ben was born in the village of Bailiao near Xiamen in Fujian Province, during the Song Dynasty in the year 979. He was a skilled doctor and Taoist practitioner who was credited with performing medical miracles, including applying eye drops to a dragon’s eye and removing a foreign object from a tiger’s throat. After his death in 1036, he began to be worshiped as a deity. His deified status was officially recognized by the Hongxi Emperor of the Ming Dynasty who conferred on him the title of “Imperial Inspector at Heavenly Gate, Miracle Doctor of Compassion Relief, Great Taoist Immortal, and the Long-lived, Unbounded, Life Protection Emperor. He is worshiped at many temples in Fujian and Taiwan. His birthday is celebrated with parades and festivals on the 15th day of the third lunar month. The series were made in the Island of Kinmen, Taiwan.
For the last two year I have working on a project on the small Taiwanese islands of Kinmen and Matsu. These tiny islands in between the island of Taiwan and mainland China tell the complex story on how both nations with a common past, still have a tense relationship. Since all the attention nowadays goes to mainland China, this project focus on the underdog of history, the Republic of China, better know as Taiwan.
A part of the project has been published on Scopio Network and was part of Encontros Da Imagem 2017 in Braga.
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