化龍返天,又稱為謝龍,其意功德圓滿,送神龍返天。「謝龍」亦有其一定的儀式及程序,神龍遶境功德圓滿,接著於廟前做最後一次全套的迎舞,表達神明庇佑他們平安完成儀式。

Hua long fan tian”, also called thanks dragon, means that the dragon finishes its responsibility and people send it back to the sky. There are regular ritual and procedure. After the end of dragon pilgrimage, there will be the final full set of dance to express the thankfulness for god’s blessing.

化龍時需在化龍地點先鋪上一層壽金墊底,龍尾在最底下,龍圈依序為圈繞龍尾蟠置,最後將龍頭置於最上方,龍珠則放置於龍嘴內,續將壽金灑於龍身,再對天恭讀表章後引燃,在震耳的鑼鼓及鞭炮聲中,恭送神龍返天。傳說神龍火化時,明顯可見其燃燒生成之煙霧,猶如龍形席捲而上並向南天飛去,此意味神龍離俗返天,亦有此一說,因為龍身為稻草製成,火化時,蟠龍燃燒,空氣順著環狀的竹籠吸捲而上,是物理現象,因其外型酷似龍形,故似神龍顯靈。

In Hua long ceremony, Joss paper will be put at the bottom of the dragon. The dragon is below the body and head, dragon ball is put in its mouth then sprinkle Joss paper toward dragon body. We will send dragon back to sky after reading the citation and fire it in deafening sounds from firecracker and drum. Legend has it that when dragon is on fire, the smokes caused just like the shape of dragon and fly to the southern sky. It means that the dragon leave the world and back to the sky. There is the other statement said that because the body of dragon is made by the straws, when it is burned, the smokes will be sucked up through the ring-shaped bamboo basket. This is a physical phenomenon, however, because the shape of smokes is similar to dragon, there is a legend of dragon showing.

 

【祭祀時間】Time

106年5月12日 晚間18:00-20:00

106.5.12 18:00-20:00 P.M

【祭祀流程】Procedure of Sacrifice ritual

焚香祝禱、化龍返天

Burn Incense Benison, Hua long fan tian

【祭祀地點】Location of Sacrifice ritual

三義鄉五穀宮

Five Grain Temple in Sanyi County

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