TAIWAN - Ke Hsiang (柯象), a mummy over one hundred years old, was delivered yesterday by the National Taiwan Museum (台灣博物館) back to Yunlin's Dapi Township for a 9-month exhibition; this is the third time Ke Hsiang has returned home.
Ke Hsiang was a well-respected Taoist diviner in Yunlin who on his deathbed told his followers to mummify him by a process of smoking over 130 years ago. The mummy was worshipped in a local temple.
Ke Hsiang once went missing during the period of Japanese occupation, and later on it was kept in the National Taiwan Museum as the oldest mummy in Taiwan. It is now worshipped at Beiji Temple in Daipi Township.
The mummy was welcomed by a Din-Tao (陣頭), a traditional Taiwanese parade, when it arrived in Yunlin Dapi Township yesterday.
The mummy may suffer some damage due on its trip, said Dapi Township Chief Hsieh Ming-pien (謝明平), who is going to ask the Yunlin County Government and local representatives for help to keep Ke Hsiang in Yunlin County permanently .
The mummy is from Dapi Township and is now a treasure in Beiji temple. Wu Mao-sung, the chairman of the management committee in Beiji Temple, hopes that Ke-hsiang can stay in Daipi, bless the citizens and be worshiped by townspeople.