Records show that the images of the Kings of the Three Mountains were originally kept separately in private homes, and that in early days they were used to prevent attacks by the Aborigines and for bringing rain. The people built the temple so that the gods could be enshrined in it and worshipped by everybody. This area was originally Aborigine country, and the Aborigines frequently attacked the early Chinese farmers. The farmers responded by inviting the Kings of the Three Mountains to come and protect them. After that, according to legend, every time Aborigines appeared in the nearby mountains, the Kings of the Three Mountains would manifest themselves and lead the local troops in training exercises. This would frighten the Aborigines away, and the Chinese could live in peace.
The Kings of the Three Mountains strongly reflect Hakka culture, and their images are mostly worshipped in Hakka settlements. But unusually, the Toushe area is inhabited mainly by Hoklo people from southern Fujian Province. Also of interest is that the local people have changed the name of the Kings of the Three Mountains to the Three Immortal Kings.
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