3 十二月 2015 EZ TALK 編輯部
Tianhou Temple is dedicated to Matsu, Goddess of the Sea, who is worshiped by fishermen and sailors. The temple’s Matsu statue, which was brought from Fujian by a Qing Dynasty general, is known as the “Black-faced Matsu” because centuries of incense has turned her skin black. A copy of Tianhou Temple built entirely of glass was recently completed near the coast not far from Lukang.
Nine Turns Lane is a traditional alley that was built with many turns to protect residents from the strong winter winds. Historical buildings on Nine Turns Lane include Shiyi Hall, which was a meeting place for poets and scholars, and Remembrance Hall, where a woman died from grief waiting for her husband to return.
Breast Touching Lane is so narrow that two people can’t pass by each other without touching.
(At Breast Touching Lane)
A: What do those characters on the wall say? 牆上這幾個字是什麼意思啊？
B: Breast Touching Lane. It’s the narrowest lane in Lukang. 摸乳巷。是鹿港最窄的一條巷子。
A: Whoa! Is that like a local version of Lovers’ Lane? 哇！這是鹿港版的情人巷嗎？
B: Ha-ha. No. It was named that because two people couldn’t pass without touching. It was also called Gentleman’s Lane, because a gentleman would always wait for a lady to pass though first to avoid touching her. 哈哈。不是啦。會這樣叫是因為兩個人同時通過時無法避免身體碰觸。它也稱作「君子巷」，因為君子都會等女士通過之後才走，以免碰到她。
incense (n.) 香
remembrance (n.) 懷念，紀念
grief (n.) 悲傷，悲痛
character (n.) 文字，字體