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Religion
Faith is the collective spiritual activity of humanity, which has undergone many transformations and transitions in the long history of mankind. Its diverse and varied appearances are influenced by various cultural and ecological environments. Prehistoric people in Taiwan left signs of religion as early as the Neolithic Period, after which the indigenous people and Han Chinese settlers all developed rich and diverse religious forms. Influenced by historic elements and interactions among various ethnic groups, different religions expanded, mingled or transformed. After the 17th century, the religious beliefs of the indigenous people, missionaries and Han Chinese came together, and the development of religion was significantly affected by national policies during the Japanese era. Folk religion in Taiwan is diverse and vivacious life force that is intimately related to the everyday lives of the public. From a spatial point of view, temples are more than venues for religious worship, as they are also sites for social cohesion. In a household, the main hall is the all-important center of religion. Furthermore, some religious activities will change over time, while certain rituals are passed down from generation to generation. These include, for example, the traditions of celebrating by setting up incense burning tables, making sacrificial offerings during deity parades or pilgrimages, or the folk dance performances held during God welcoming ceremonies. Religion provides people with spiritual sustenance, and something on which they can depend on when seeking solace. Now, let us contemplate the intangible spiritual power by admiring the tangible exhibits.

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