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


Apan, the God of Goodness opened the gate of Heaven and scattered corns onto the earth, making the world a place even happier than the Heaven. The God was furious about this, and sent a Hercules to the earth to vent his anger. A person named Duorez hated the high-handed action and proposed to wrestle with the giant. At last he won, tumbling the giant on the ground, whose weight produced a pit. Later rain filled in the pit and produced a blue long lake (the Lunan Freshwater Lake). In order to remember the hero, people began to hold bullfight, wrestling, slaughter sheep and ignite torches on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month to express their condolence.

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