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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Paper Boat Ritual
A beautiful plague god boat loaded and ready to be burnt.
paper boat is used to send bad spirits such as Plague God away. This ritual is
also copied by many of the Chinese communities in Southeast Asia countries. I
will let the interested parties to do further research. Just to get a clearer
picture about this ritual, I cut and copied from Taiwan.net:
“The burning of the Plague God Boat is one of
the folk rituals of the seafaring people in southwestern Taiwan. The original
purpose of this ritual was to send the Plague God out to the sea, and diseases
along with him; today it is an activity held to pray for peace and good
fortune. The festival is held once every three years, around the ninth lunar
month, at Donglong Temple in Donggang. The boats are burned in the middle of
the fourth month at Cingan Temple in Sigang, Tainan County. Generally, the
Donggang event is bigger. These celebrations include large-scale temple
activities, which climax with the burning of the plague god boat on the last
The Donggang boat-burning celebrations run for
eight days and seven nights. According to custom, before the boat is set afire,
devotees and other participants prepare goods for the symbolic trip. Then a big
fire is made (this is to force bad spirits and the Plague God to go aboard),
and the boat is burned while the people pray for peace.”
My version of paper boat ritual
I have a
much simpler paper boat deliverance ritual that I have successfully sent many
a small paper boat and then put some food offering in it.
the spirits to board the boat.
a round of prayer.
the boat outside of your house.
will notice atmosphere in the house cleared immediately; at times breeze
accompanied with the burning of the boat.