I had an unusual experience when I was in Taipei, Taiwan while visiting my grand-daughter and family a year ago. I was on the 5th floor of a tall building, sleeping in a ‘capsule’ hostel. Taipei is a lot like Manhattan with really tall buildings and lots of people and traffic. It was about 4AM and all of a sudden I felt the entire building sway to one side and then the other! I woke up and realized that this was an earthquake.

As it swayed back and forth (I hadn’t opened my eyes yet) I had a vision of three old men: the one in the center had a dark beard that went to the ground, and the three ancient men were holding the island of Taiwan like a baby and gently rocking it. It was so vivid … then all movement stopped.

I opened my eyes, turned on my laptop and checked on the USGS website but no earthquake had showed up yet. So I went to another site, still no earthquake. Then I went back to USGS and there it was, a 6.5 out in the ocean just east of Taipei.

The next day, no one even mentioned that earthquake. Not one person!

On my 12 hour flight home I sat next to a Taiwanese man who lived in the U.S.  and we talked for a long time on that long flight. As I was showing him my photos of Taipei – I had taken a lot of photos of the Buddhist temples – I asked him, who were those three guys on the top of many temple gates and inside the temples?

He said they were Taiwan’s protectors! Of course!

 


Photo by Connie Fisher

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The Beauty of Taipei Taiwan

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