Benzhu Worship 本主节

Tuesday, 17. September 2024 in 挖色沙漠庙

Benzhu worship.

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.

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One of the most important Benzhu festivals on the eastern side of the lake.
Festival held according to lunar calendar on 农历8月15.

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The worship of Benzhu, local protector spirits, is a characteristic of the Bai people.

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