2017/02/15

Samei Branch of Yi Nationality – The Samei's Torch Festival

 

In a fight with a different race, the king of Samei was beheaded, while another head would grow when stars appear at night so that the fight would continue. However, a spy betrayed him and told the enemy to sweep his neck with Oldenlandia diffusa when his head was chopped off, so that the king's head would never grow again. It's said that the red patches on the herb were traces of the king’s blood. From then on, the Samei people began to ignite torches on the 24th and 25th of the sixth lunar month every year to commemorate the king of Samei and search his spirit.

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