"The Marshals are guardians positioned at each wing of the altar. Their duty is to bar the way to demons and unclean malevolent influences. Marshal Chao Yuan-Shuai guards the left and Marshal Teng Yuan-Shuai guards the right. The red inscription at the top right of the painting of Marshal Teng reads â€œFive Thunders Flashing Lightning (lit. Electricity)â€�. Mien priests use the summoning of the Five Thunders magic in exorcism ceremonies. The Marshals are six in number: Marshal Ma and Marshal Chang are the two smaller figures below Marshal Chao, and Marshal Kâ€™ang and Marshal Hsin are the two figures below Marshal Teng."
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Chicago April 27-May 1st. (This is a post-graduate bodywork course, but the 27th is a full day on Daoism and is still open, email if you want to attend.)
Israel May 4-16th. Two Workshops
Paris May 16-26th
International Daoist Studies Conference, Paris: May 17-20 (Will have panels on Martial Arts and Theater and this is going to rock!)
Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff, Wales: July 11-13th.
Portland July 28-30th
San Francisco Sept