Jhen Yue Tang

JhenYueTang bases its works on Taiwanese folk beliefs, combining the clamorous Beiguan style and rap rhythms with rock and electronic music, where the lyrics are incantations sung in Taiwanese. Incantations are the special words and phrases used by ritual specialists during religious ceremonies. Each incantation serves a specific purpose, such as invoking various deities or their retinues, offering blessings, or driving away malevolent forces. Incantations have specific grammar and usage.

The five members wear facial makeup symbolizing deities, complete with skirts bearing dragons and tigers, turning themselves into heralds of gods on the stage, where they set up an altar and spread ritualistic sounds. This drastic reimagination of traditional culture shapes the unprecedented style of the band.

Taiwanese folk beliefs are a diverse cultural amalgamation primarily rooted in Taoism but also incorporating elements from Buddhism, Confucianism, and other traditions. Taiwanese folk beliefs are polytheistic and animistic, holding that everything, from celestial bodies to animals and plants on Earth, from historical figures to legendary characters, all have the potential to become deities to be worshiped by people. The places where deities are venerated are known as miaoyu, or temples. Temples in Taiwan inherit the ancient Chinese imperial palace structure: each temple is dedicated to a primary deity, who has their own retinue. The responsibilities and duties of these deities vary, and people worship different deities based on their individual needs.