Benzhu Worship on Jiansuo Island 本主节

Wednesday, 29. September 2021 in 大理海东金梭岛

Benzhu Worship on an island in Erhai.

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.

Picture:
Festival held according to lunar calendar on 农历8月23.