Festivals of Malaysia: Nine Emperor Gods Festival
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a Chinese festival to celebrate the return from heaven to earth of the Nine Emperor spirits, who are worshiped as one deity known as Mazu, the Taoist goddess of the sea and queen of heaven who represents health, wealth and prosperity. The festival falls on the ninth day of the ninth moon in the Chinese lunar calendar. Devotees flock to temples throughout the country for the festival.The Nine Emperor Gods are part of a spirit-medium cult known locally as Jieu Hwang Yeh. These nine deities are believed to dwell in the stars in heaven under the reign of Mazu.
Devotee burns charcoal on the last day of the Nine Emperor Gods religious festival at a temple in Kuala Lumpur on October 5 , 2011
Devotees walks in to the ceremony area, which placed of burning charcoal.
A man looks at his friends, all of them is waiting to walk into the bed of burning charcoal.
Devotees dressed in traditional white, carrying incense and candles, await the arrival of their excellencies.
Devotees plays the prayer bell and drum as a part of the ceremony
Devotees walk on a bed of hot charcoals on the last day of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival