|The ritual of the
gods cleansing the harbor begins in the lantern
festival each year.
||Pao-an Temple, No.
69, Kang-tung Road, Yeliou Village,
Wanli Township, Taipei County
||By Bus: Take the bus
to Keelung operated by King Bus at Taipei
Main Station or the opposite side of
United Daily Building at Section 4 of
Zhongxiao East Road. Just get off at
Yeliou. The bus runs every 15 to 30
Take the bus to Keelung operated by
King Bus at MRT Danshui Station. The
bus runs every 15-30 minutes.
by Air Bus to Yeliou.
Take【Keelung-Chinshan】bus operated by
Keelung Bus to Yeliou.
The ritual of the gods cleansing the harbor begins
in the lantern festival each year. Sponsored by
the Pao-an Temple at Yeliou, the temple will invite
the gods in the temple as, Sagely King Kaizhang,
Sagely Mother in the Heaven, Lord Chou Chang, and
Tu Ti Kung (
Earth God ) to the harbor
and perform the rituals of "cleansing the harbor"
and "Passing over fire
In the ritual, the temple workers will put the gods'
statues on sedan chairs, which are carried by four
strong men. First, they will tour around the village.
Then, as if the sedan chairs are incarnated by the
gods, they swing at all sides crazily. Suddenly,
the carriers will jump into the sea with the sedan
chairs and swim to the other side of the harbor
some 100m away. After they go ashore, they will
conduct the "passing over fire" ceremony.
Such kind of folk ritual of "coming from the
sea and getting into the fire" is the rarest
in temple parade in Taiwan.
Simply, harbor cleansing ritual attempts to clean
away the dirt in the fishing harbor with the power
of gods. In addition, the people also plead for
smooth fishing trips and for full load of fishes
whenever they go fishing. Meanwhile, passing over
fire is also a kind of cleansing ritual. During
the ritual, first, the Taoist will clean temple.
Then, he will carry the charms and spells, blowing
the horns, to conduct the ceremony of opening the
fire road. To lower the temperature of the fire,
he will sprinkle rice and salt on it. When the good
fortune hour comes, the carriers of the gods' sedan
chairs will step on and walk across the fire. At
last, the followers, both men and women, will walk
over the fire after the gods. People believe that
if the gods will have their power augmented when
walking over the fire. For the followers, if they
walk over the fire, they can have the gods blessing
for good health. It is said that the ashes left
in the ceremony also works miraculously. If people
boil water with the ashes and drink it, the whole
family will be protected by the gods.