Worshippers Throw Fireworks at Shaman in Taiwan Procession

Worshippers on Sunday threw fireworks at a shaman playing the Taiwanese god Handan as he was carried on a sedan chair during a religious procession in Taitung, Taiwan.

In Taiwanese folklore, the god Handan is said to be in charge of wealth and very afraid of the cold. When he goes on a procession his followers bombard him with fireworks in the hope of keeping him warm and, consequently, winning his favor.

Click here to view pictures from the religious procession.

The shaman usually wears nothing except a red headscarf, an amulet on his chest and red shorts and a banyan tree branch to protect his eyes.

Taitung is 217 miles south east of Taipei, Taiwan.