Posted By Lester V Ledesma

The Nine Emperor Gods festivities ended in spectacular fashion yesterday with the traditional return of the deities back to the sea.

 

9EG Sendoff

 

Originally from China, this Taoist occasion has since disappeared from the mainland, and is now celebrated only by local Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

 

9EGsendoff2

 

Festivities revolve around nine celestial deities - the Emperor Gods - who are said to preside over matters of life and death in all humans. Devotees believe they arrive from the sea at the start of the nine-day event, and are said to return the same way at the end.


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Interestingly enough, the Indians also have a similar event, which is held on the exact same dates as the 9EG. They call it the Navratri - it means "Nine Nights".


 
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