Religion has finally joined the industrial revolution. Lin Fu-Chun’s company, Chuanso, has industrialized the construction of temples, burners, shrines and gods in Taiwan, making them faster and easier to build than ever before.
To do this, the factory pours concrete into temple-shaped moulds and lets them dry. The temples are then decorated and painted with symbols and figures. “The 78-year-old Lin said his temple factory, Chuanso, needed just over six weeks to finish a building that normally took six months with conventional methods – and moulding was 40 percent cheaper,” Reuters reports.
The temples are then shipped and installed on site. One video released by Chuanso shows a crane lifting a roofless 15-square-meter temple from a truck and laying it on a platform. Then, the crane places an embellished table inside it from above. The roof was then presumably installed after the video was taken.
And Chuanso has something for every follower, so they’ll never again have to stray far to worship. The company’s temples range from 4.5 to 48 square meters, and its ”burners” (for burning incense) range from 2 meters to over 11 meters in height.
Curiously, neither the Reuters article nor the company’s website specified which religion its products serve. Reuters only mentioned that some temples were for worshiping “the ‘God of Earth’ and the ‘God of Wealth,'” which might refer to folk gods that don’t belong to a specific organized religion.
Such ready-made temples makes it easy to transport cultural and religious practices over long distances. Since opening, Chuanso has exported to countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China.
Watch a video by Reuters on the factory:
Still, there are some idols you just have to build the old-fashioned way.
By Amy Yang
[Image via Reuters / Chuanso]