Benzhu are local protector deities in the Dali area, their worship is a key element of Bai identity.
In the Dali area, almost every Bai village has a Benzhu Temple, the home of a local protector spirit. These protector spirits are mostly historic figures, such as local heros, kings, generals or others who have through good deeds won the adulation of the local population.
Each Benzhu usually has his own festival day, with activities varying greatly from place to place.
The activities here begin maybe already on the 7th, but on the 8th there is an activity called 抢头香, where newly-weds compete to be the first to light incense. There is also some activity on the 9th.
|Shangzuoyi Benzhu Temple 上作邑本主庙|