網瘋傳「台版最後的晚餐」 老外崩潰:八仙過海? | Discover Chinese version of ‘Last Supper’ in small Taiwan church!

Holy Trinity Church in Yanshui (Courtesy of @frajds/Twitter)

【看CP學英文】近日,無數外國網友熱議著一座看似平凡的台灣天主教堂,若不是十字架、「天主堂」題字,乍看之下還以為是廟宇,這座東西合璧天主堂在推特上掀起一陣旋風。

A seemingly usual Catholic Church in Taiwan, boasting a bold mixture of Western elements and Chinese culture, has created a buzz on Twitter recently. 

稍不注意,你可能會誤以為鹽水天主神聖堂只是一座街頭上常見的寺廟。但是,這座天主堂極可能會顛覆你對於天主教的想像。

One could inadvertently walk pass Holy Trinity Church in Yanshui, Tainan assuming it to be a Taoist temple that is ubiquitous in Taiwan. Yet, be prepared to be flabbergasted when you enter the church. 

鹽水天主神聖堂|Holy Trinity Church in Yanshui (Courtesy of @frajds/Twitter)

1986年,鹽水天主神聖堂在神父李少峰督建下完工。為了拉近與當地居民的距離,這座教堂處處充滿中國風格的裝飾和壁畫。神父不懈的努力與用心終取得當地人信任,許多人因此接受洗禮成為天主教徒。

Built under the direction of Father Eusebius in 1986, the Holy Trinity Church in Yanshui is filled with Chinese-style decorations and murals aimed at appealing to the locals, most of whom knew nothing about Catholicism at that time.

Thanks to the effort of Father Eusebius, countless local people have been baptized and became Catholics. 

在中國文化中,紅色象徵著喜氣,鹽水天主神聖堂的外觀滿是紅色,而內部設計也如佛教和道教的寺廟一般,色彩繽紛華麗。三聖圖巧妙地以釋迦牟尼形象呈現;祭壇前方設有巨大香爐,讓信徒插香堅定信念。

The exterior of the church is swathed with the color of vibrant red, which is deemed as an auspicious sign by the Chinese culture.

The interior design is as colorful as most Buddhist and Taoist temples. A mural depicting the Trinity also bears much of a resemblance to Buddha.

A tremendous incense bowl burns where the Chinese place incense sticks to signal their prayers is further arranged in front of the altar. 

在中國文化中,紅色象徵著喜氣,鹽水天主神聖堂的外觀滿是紅色,而內部設計也如佛教和道教的寺廟一般,色彩繽紛華麗。|The exterior of the church is swathed with the color of vibrant red, which is deemed as an auspicious sign by the Chinese culture. (Courtesy of @frajds/Twitter)

天主堂裡,最令人驚嘆的莫過於中華式的《最後的晚餐》這幅壁畫了吧!耶穌與他的十二門徒有著華人的臉孔,身穿傳統中國服飾,甚用筷子吃著桌上的肉包。這幅獨一無二的壁畫,實為中西合併的極致表現,也成為天主堂的傳奇。

The wildest and mindblowing combination of the Western and Chinese culture in the Holy Trinity Church is the mural of Michelangelo’s “The Last Supper.”

Sporting in traditional Chinese outfits, Christ and His Apostles with Asian features eat steamed buns with chopsticks. This creation certainly takes the legend of the Holy Trinity Church in Yanshui to the utmost level.  

牆上畫作「最後的晚餐」|Chinese version of ‘The Last Supper’ (Courtesy of Tainan Travel)

鹽水天主神聖堂展現出創意無極限的精神,也打破人們對美學與文化宗教融合的想像。

The Holy Trinity Church in Yanshui demonstrates that creativity has no boundary and that there’s no standard and limitation when it comes to aesthetics and cultural mix.

外國推特網友於週一分享中西合併天主堂系列照片,引起網友熱議紛紛留言,「哇!在這裡禱告也太棒了吧」、「東西文化完美結合」、「太美了!」

The post with a series of photos captured in the church has attracted much attention with some saying that: “WOW! What an amazing place to worship in!”

One said: “Fascinating combination of east and west,” while others commented, “Beautiful!”