"Replenish Provisions" Ritual 忽必烈补库仪式

in 大理银桥头铺村

Kublai Khan is the Benzhu of Yinqiao village.

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:

A special ritual to 'replenish the military provisions' to Kublai Khan.

The local legend holds it that the Mongol invasion of Dali restrained the evil local bandits and because of this contribution Kublai Khan became Benzhu. Another explanation is that the Mongol troops who settled here during the Yuan dynasty worshipped Kublai Khan as their ancestor and over the years of intermarriage he also became an ancestor of the local population.

NameLocationDate
"Replenish Provisions" Ritual None 大理银桥头铺村 Sat, 17. April
"Replenish Provisions" Ritual None 大理银桥头铺村 Sun, 12. September
"Replenish Provisions" Ritual None 大理银桥头铺村 Sat, 8. January

Other Festivals at or near this Location

NameDate
"Replenish Provisions" Ritual17 April 2021
Benzhu Worship 本主节15 July 2021
"Replenish Provisions" Ritual12 Sept. 2021
"Replenish Provisions" Ritual8 Jan. 2022