Benzhu Worship 本主节

Friday, 14. August 2020 in 沙溪甸头村本主庙

Benzhu Worship at the village temple of Diantou north of Shaxi.

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.

The temple fair falls on the same day as the Torch Festival.

The temple is undergoing renovation in 2013.

Festival held according to lunar calendar on 农历6月25.