A Long Time Ago

by johnmccreery

Here is a different kind of result, a series of photographs taken during my first fieldwork in Taiwan, in 1969-71. The man in the yellow gown is my Daoist master Tio Se-lian. The woman holding the white cock is his wife. The person behind the camera is probably my wife Ruth. This was a partly staged situation. I had purchased the statue of Lao-Tzu as a gift to Tio, who had taken me on as his disciple and provided me with a topic for my dissertation. He paused at key moments in the ritual to allow the photographs to be taken.  In this case I am curious about what you see in these images and the questions they arouse in you.

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