Guanjiang Shou troupes are one of Taiwan’s most popular zhentou that may be seen all over
Taiwan at traditional folk religion (Daoist) gatherings. With their fiercely painted faces, protruding
fangs and powerful, choreographed performances, they are easily recognized but commonly
mistaken for Bajiajiang who, although both Jiajiang troupes, are of different origins. They may be
described as underworld police or gods’ bodyguards.
Duties: Guangjiang Shou are underworld military leaders with the added responsibilities of
protecting the gods in their charge, expelling demons and chasing away plagues. They commonly
protect gods in charge of punishing criminals, such as: Kitsbargha, the City God, Emperor Dong
Yue, Qingshan Wang, etc.
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