Benzhu Worship 本主节

Wednesday, 13. July 2022 in 大理白族自治州

A number of the Benzhu festivals take place this day.

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.

See related festivals.

At least five locations:

三文笔村 south of the Three Pagodas in Dali

大营村白马村 south of Jiangwei (closer to the lake)

喜洲河矣江 by the lake near Xizhou

州城村段家 Zhoucheng ancestral temple of the Duan Family

Festival held according to lunar calendar on 农历6月15.