【Our Native Land | Perak】Nine Emperor God

原乡柔情霹雳行

Belief in the Nine Emperor Gods is widespread in Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. This belief took root here with the Chinese ancestors who came to our country, and after weathering through over a century, believers have been passed down from generation to generation. Today, we are one of the countries that have best preserved the belief in the Nine Emperor Gods.

There are more than seventy members of the Nine Emperor Gods General Association of Malaysia's Dou Mu Gong, but there are probably more Nine Emperor Gods temples in the country, at least more than a hundred. The way in which the birthday of the Nine Emperors is celebrated may vary from region to region and temple to temple. There are also different stories about the origin of the Nine Emperor Gods. There are many mysteries and taboos about the celebrating the birthday of the Nine Emperor Gods. Join us as we explore to learn more through the lens of Our Native Land.

In addition, during the 9th lunar month, when the yellow flag is flown, as devotees would observe a vegetarian diet, the vegetarian culture is widely developed in the country. In Ipoh, the “miku”, which is familiar to North Malaysians, is called the Red Tortoise Bun, is a must during the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

On the 9th day of the 9th lunar month, which is the highlight of the Nine Emperor's Birthday celebrations, many of the Dou Mu Gong temples hold ceremonies such as the fire-walking and bridge-crossing, which attracts devotees to take part.

It doesn't hurt to learn about the belief of the Nine Emperor Gods from either a Taoist or folk perspective, and whichever version of the legend you believe in doesn't really affect the sincerity of the belief. Elimination of disasters, prolongation of life and good health are the mutual prayers of the devotees.

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