NINE EMPEROR GODS

A Malaysian Chinese devotee burn charcoal during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Malaysian Chinese devotee burn charcoal during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees carrying an "Emperor God" while walking barefoot over burning coals during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees carrying an “Emperor God” while walking barefoot over burning coals during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Malaysian Chinese devotees perform prayers during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Malaysian Chinese devotees perform prayers during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees perform prayers during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees perform prayers during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees walking barefoot over burning coals during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees walking barefoot over burning coals during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Malaysian Chinese devotee burn charcoal during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

A Malaysian Chinese devotee burn charcoal during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees walking barefoot over burning coals during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

Malaysian Chinese devotees walking barefoot over burning coals during Chinese Nine Emperor Gods Festival at Nine Emperor Gods temple outside Kuala Lumpur on October 13, 2013. The nine-day Taoist festival, believers welcome the “emperor gods” who they believe live amongst the stars, in order to bring good fortune, longevity and good health. Some devotees stay at a temple during the festival, which begins on the eve of the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, where they consume vegetarian meals and recite continuous prayers. Photo Adib Rawi Yahya

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