Chinese Breast Touching Festival

The breast touching festival was established during the Sui Dynasty as a way of protecting untouched ladies from the ghosts of soldiers who were sent off to war.

It had been connected with the Hungry Ghost festival.While the Buddhists and Taoists prepare offerings for the homeless ghosts, a minority tribe in China have their own interesting celebration. The Yi people in Ejia town of Yunnan province, those who are still single, will head to the streets for Breast-Touching Festival on the 14th, 15th and 16th days of the month.

On these days, the men are welcome to touch the women's breasts. Legend has it that during the war most of the teenagers of the Yi tribe were forced into the army and died in wars most of them died as virgins. The people carry out prayers to commemorate the dead, and the ceremony is held in the seventh month.

According to the wizards, the dead become ghost and roam about because they had not touched a women before. And so, they wanted 10 "pure and untouched" ladies to accompany them in the afterworld. In a move to prevent them from being chosen, the single women - aged 15 and above - then asked the men to touch their breasts, and the custom is past down for generations.

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