What is the Nine Emperor Gods Festival and why is it celebrated?

Male devotees walking on burning charcoal, which is one of the main attractions during the final day of the Nine Emperor Gods festival, at Ampang New Village, Selangor. Photos: Filepic

Kaboom! Puffs of white smoke spiralled upwards into the night sky, a sign that the Nine Emperor Gods have arrived. Down by the river, a small group of devotees and mediums was engaged in a divinity ceremony to receive the deities.

At the top of a slope, a bigger group of devotees awaited. All were dressed in white and in kneeling position, their heads bowed and hands clasped in prayer, holding joss sticks and incense papers.

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