Ten days ago, the Nine Emperor Gods, Goddess Dou Mu, the Legendary Third Prince, as well as many other deities were received from the Kinta River in Ipoh by disciples of Tow Boh Keong, Ipoh’s main Taoist temple.
This morning at 5am, to wrap up the nine days of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, the deities had to return also via waterways. The send-off ceremony of the deities was also similar to the ritual of receiving them but in a reversed procession.
Disciples gathered at Tow Boh Keong and then walked from the temple to Kinta River, carrying the two urns that signify the essence of the deities in sedans, while an entourage of devotees followed behind, either with lighted joss sticks or palms clapsed together.
As prayers were chanted and rituals conducted by Taoist masters, devotees knelt in reverence. Simultaneously, the pile of joss paper was set on fire, denoting an offering to the spirits, while the urns were lowered one by one into the Kinta River.
This process was followed by the large paper boat, that was also consumed by fire as it sailed downstream. And that ritual concluded this year’s Nine Emperor Gods festival. Let’s mark our calendar for 2023.
Event: Nine Emperor Gods Send-Off Ceremony
Venue: Kinta River, Ipoh
Date: 5th October, 2022
for non-Muslims only