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Festivals of Kinmen

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    Although Kinmen is quite a small island, it has over three hundred shrines and temples. Since the sea surrounds it on all sides, and in the past the people relied almost entirely on it for survival, the islanders have traditionally regarded making offerings to the gods as of utmost importance.

   The tour of the Wudao city god to other temples and shrines has become a grand event on Kinmen. The city god is simply the god that is set up within a city to protect it. The original idea of protecting the city has also, with time, been extended to include the city, its walls and the surrounding moat. Gods of other local shrines and temples in this festival also visit the city god. Over the years he has also been incorporated in ceremonies wishing for rain, requesting fair weather, and asking for good fortune and protection from disasters.

    

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