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2018-10-18

Wangye rites to take place in Donggang from Oct. 28 - Nov. 4

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Held just once every three years, Donglong Temple’s Wanye rites retain old traditions from the Qing Dynasty. Taiwan’s largest “burning-Wanye-boat” ceremony is held alongside. Quite a few overseas visitors have been drawn to Taiwan to attend these occasions in recent years.

The rites derive from an era of bad climate, disease and warfare. People were scared. Upon arriving in this region, a traveling priest from Huanan taught the locals how to send plagues away by burning Wangye boats. Gradually, the rites became more grandiose in Donggang.

On the first day of the rites, at the beach of Zhenghai Park, a “Qing Wang (inviting Wangye)” ceremony is held. At Donglong Temple, a “walking-over-fire” ceremony then takes place, as a way to chase bad luck away from people. From the 2nd till the 6th day, round-the-town parades are held to expel evil. On the 7th day, a two-storey high Wangye boat sails through the streets of Donggang. On the 8th day, in the early morning, the Wangye boat is burned on the beach of Zhenghai Park. Wange goes back to the celestial world as the boat is burned, and he takes away evil and plagues with him, leaving peace and blessings to people.

The folk custom has been listed as an important intangible cultural heritage by the government. Young people of Donggang, who work and study in other places, go back to their hometown to take part. All members of the public are cordially invited to join the fests. We advise that visitors do some homework in advance, so as to feel the culture and the sensations more deeply. Finally, please be sure to abide by the rules and manners of the Wangye rites!

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