Barry and Edna receive their blessing from the Buddhist monk at the Dragon Boat Come and Try Day. Photo: Contributed
Barry and Edna receive their blessing from the Buddhist monk at the Dragon Boat Come and Try Day. Photo: Contributed

Big day for Barry and Edna

IT WAS a quiet moment on the water for Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club.

On the weekend they held their regular Come and Try Day - an opportunity for locals to go along and see dragon boating up close.

The day was complemented by an unusual sight - the blessing of their two dragon boats by Cakkainda, a Buddhist Monk from Burma who resides at the monastery at Mt Brown.

A traditional table was set with red cloth, vase of flowers, bowl of fruit, red paint and incense as well as traditional rice dumplings.

The boats, named Shen-Lung after the Chinese god of healing and Lo Shen after the Chinese goddess of rivers, are affectionately known as Barry and Edna in their everyday life.

The ceremony, dating back to China's Eastern Jin Dynasty in 314A.D, involved chanting, dotting the dragon's eyes with red paint, and throwing dumplings in the river to appease the dragon.

The ceremony was witnessed by regular club members and 20 'newbies' - with the sun shining and the river still, it seems Lo Shen was successfully appeased.

For more information on the Coffs Coast Dragon Boat Club, check out http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-8372-0-0-0.



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