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Baishatun, Maioli, Taiwan

Villagers gather at the 200 year old Taoist (Daoism) Gongtian Temple for a ceremony where temple elders carry an ancient flag from inside the building and place it at the entrance. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Mazu, who is particularly revered by fishermen and is Taiwan's most popular deity, and the flag ceremony signifies that the deity has 'spoken' and announced the date, three days hence, on which a pilgrimage from temple will commence. The temple has hosted the annual pilgrimage, where a statue of Mazu is carried along a 200km route south, for the last 110 years. In 2020, the procession was banned, due to COVID-19 restrictions. In 2021 the event is back on and is predicted to attract more participants than ever.

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Baishatun, Maioli
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