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The Five Celestial General
The Five Celestial General are able to drive off plagues and devils, with the power to ward off evil spirits; establishing the five camps in a settlement gave symbolic significance to demarcating territory and also allowed the people to believe the space in which they resided was a place under the protection of the main god of the settlement temple and the marshals of the five camps. Five Celestial General is responsible for yin and yang the two sectors combat defenses. In general they are also known as the Heavenly Defense Forces.
五营神将到底是何许神明、五营是道教与民间信仰中,保护庙境或 村庄的重要护法神。绝大多数庙宇五营神将的中央主帅是「中坛元 帅」哪吒,李哪吒也同时是佛教与道教的著名护法神。最早是由玉 皇大帝是掌理三界的最高统治者,下设文职与武职两大官系;武职 官系又分为“情治系统”和“军事系统”两支,前者如城隍组织, 掌管三度空间的秩序维护,后者则包括天兵(36天罡或军将)、地 兵(72地煞)和五营神兵,专责担负阴阳两界的作战防御。有的庙 宇会奉祀青、红、黑、白、黄五支旗子象徵五营神将,也有用神位 、符咒、令牌、神像、木偶头像等作为象徵的。如果说合称为「神 军」的天兵、地兵是中央军的话,那么五营神兵便是那地方的防卫 部队了。
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