ceremony of "turning 16 years of age"
is held to celebrate the children's arrival
||Kailung Temple, No.
56, Lane 79, Chungshan Road, Tainan
The legend tells that Chiniangma is the Weaving
Maid, the seventh daughter of the Jade Emperor,
and is also called seven-star mothers. It is said
that Chiniangma is the goddess to protect children
under 16, and if the children grow up safely, parents
often go to the temple to express thanks to the
goddess when their children reach the age of 16.
Tainan Kailung Temple holds the ceremony of "turning
16 years of age" celebrating the children's
arrival at adulthood on the birthday of Chiniangma,
the seventh day of the seventh lunar month every
year. The coming-of-age rite of "turning 16"
is a unique feature of Tainan and different from
other coming-of-age rites for children coming to
the age of 20.
During the ceremony of "turning 16", the
children have to pass under a miniature Chiniangma
pagoda made of bamboo and paper, which is held up
high by their parents, as a ritual passage to adulthood.
After that, the pagoda will be burned for dedicating
to Chiniangma. In addition, the grandmother will
prepare new clothes, shoes, gold pieces, watches,
bicycles, sewing machines and foods and give a banquet
for their grandchildren.