The lowly red shrines and altars of Earth God at the Door (Men Kou Tu Di) and God of Wealth (Cai Shen) scattering across Macao, at the door corners of buildings, residences, and stores, are at the center of this exhibition. These Earth Gods look like the Land Gods in Taiwan. But in Taiwan, a whole village or a whole neighborhood can only have a Land God temple; by contrast in Macau, the small, fine shrines and altars of Earth God and God of Wealth are ubiquitous, on almost every street and alley, literally hidden throughout Macau across its glamorous urban fabric, with their humble presence easily being ignored by rushing passers by.
That said, these Earth Gods and Gods of Wealth whose statues are made from materials such as marble, metal, wood or even plastic, have become part of the daily cityscape for Macau and its people. Through the city residents’ folk religion in everyday life, we try to present the impression it gave us – hurrying visitors just passing by.
When: December 14, 2019–February 2, 2020 (closed on Mondays)
Where: 1/F and 2/F, Post-Ox Warehouse Experimental Site, 15 R. do Volong, Macau
How much: Free admission