Newspaper article China Post

'Burning King's Ship' Ceremony Held to Ward off Disasters

Newspaper article China Post

'Burning King's Ship' Ceremony Held to Ward off Disasters

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The China Post news staff --Residents in Kaohsiung performed the folk ritual of "burning king's ship" yesterday to pray for blessings and ward off epidemics and disasters, especially floods.

"Burning king's ship" is a centuries-old folk custom and sacrifice ceremony held annually in many coastal cities and townships around the nation.

The people in the Yonyan District of Kaohsiung said they live in a low-lying area, which is frequently plagued by floods during typhoon season and whenever there are heavy rains.

They prayed to the deities worshiped at Tianwen Temple in the district for instructions about their plan to hold the ceremony this year. The devotees said they were glad with the divine revelation that allowed them to go ahead with the plan. The last time the same ceremony was held in Yongan was in 2007.

When carrying out the ceremony, temple priests and residents paid respects to the "king of plagues" and prayed for peace and good luck for the Year of the Dragon and elimination of misfortunes like floods. …

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