‘Fire Lion’ lights up Taiwan sky to mark Medicine God’s birthday

Taipei (AFP) – Hundreds of devotees gather to watch a fireworks show with a burning “fire lion” at Taipei’s Dalongdong Bao’an Temple to mark the birthday of the medicine god Baosheng Dadi. The “fire lion” has long been a plague-dispelling ritual and symbolises warding off bad luck and keeping diseases at bay. The religious carnival is a highlight of the Baosheng Cultural Festival which goes on until 29 June.


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