The Lord of the Earth controls everything on our planet, making it rotate around the sun, dividing the year into seasons, changing the weather and creating new animals. One year as the moon is waning, the Empress gives birth to twelve sons and names them after the twelve months. As the Lord of the Earth grows old, he decides to pass on his responsibilities to his sons, but all they do is fight. So the Lord of the Earth plays his twelve-stringed harp, to show them the beauty of cooperation and how easily the strings can break if there is discord. Will the sons learn their father’s lesson?
Wang Ching uses the colours and aesthetics of Taiwanese folk art and paper cutting to bring to life a tale of the gods and spirits. This is at once a story rooted in our common past and modern in its message; a vivid portrayal of Taiwanese temple culture.