Benzhu Worship in Jianchuan County 剑川县本主节

In Jianchuan County, Benzhu worship is closely connected with Azhali Buddhism.

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.

Jianchuan is much more traditionally Bai than Dali, as Jianchuan's population is even today overwhelmingly Bai. In Jianchuan, Azhali Buddhism, an ancient form of Buddhism, has survived and Benzhu rituals are usually carried out by Azhali ritualists, giving Benzhu festivals a flavour very different to those in the Erhai region.

NameLocationDate
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县太平村 11 Aug. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇下河村 15 Aug. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县桃树 17 Aug. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇南登村 1 Sept. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县永榜 10 Sept. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县下沐邑 10 Sept. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇官登村 15 Sept. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇合江村 29 Sept. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇天马村 1 Oct. 2020
Baitan Temple Fair 剑川县滇南镇白坛神庙 4 Oct. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇桃园村 9 Oct. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇青岩头 27 Nov. 2020
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县下沐邑 20 Jan. 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇北登村 21 Jan. 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇新华村 24 Feb. 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇青岩头 26 Feb. 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇官登村 1 March 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇桃园村 6 March 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇合江村 9 March 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇金河村 20 March 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县三家村 20 March 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇下河村 16 April 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县柳营村 19 April 2021
Baitan Temple Fair 剑川县滇南镇白坛神庙 29 April 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县滇南镇前江边 30 April 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县下沐邑 5 May 2021
Benzhu Worship (Jianchuan Area) 剑川县青瓦场 6 May 2021
Eighteen Altar Worship 大理白族自治州剑川县