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Seven Sisters Temple 七姊廟

七姊廟 The fabled weaving maid is the seventh daughter of the queen mother of the west. Because she envies the worldly life, she secretly allows a pigeon to fly down to the earth, but it is pursued by an eagle. She is fortunate that a righteous cow-herder rescued its life. To thank the cowherder for being so gracious, she agrees to marry below her social status and live as the cow-herder's wife. After the marriage, the cow-heder farms, and the weaving maid makes cloth, but also gives birth to 1 boy and 1 girl. They have a happy life together.

Although they were happy, the couple were not very prosperous, because the weaving maid had been neglecting her valuable weaving. The grandmother of the heavenly palace was extremely angry and sent the invincible force to seize the weaving maid. Afterwards the cow-herder was extremely grieved and wrapped his children in a cowhide and traveled to the heavenly palace to find the weaving maid. In order to keep them apart the grandmother with a gold hairpin created a mighty river with turbulent waves. The weeping sound of the children's pain from being separated from their mother moved the grandmother, so she let the magpies fly to the river bank every year on the seventh day of the seventh month to build a bridge that allows the family to reunite. The seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar has become the seven sister festival or maiden festival.

The Peng Chau seven sister temple was constructed in 1954. According to the temple management descendant's story, his father-in-law once went to sea to catch fish. The net caught a woodcarving, which after he went home became a toy for the granddaughter to play. Hereafter, Mr. Chow reported a dream that the statue are the seven immortals elder sister's incarnation and instructed Mr. Chow to build and consecrate a temple to bless the island's inhabitants.

After construction of the temple, the believers make offerings and prayers on the seventh day of the seventh lunar calendar. This festival used to be extremely lively, so it's a pity that today fewer and fewer perform the rituals and the occasion is less festive.  

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