Linpang Zong in the shape of a pillow (L) will hopefully bring restful sleep, while those in the shape of a shopping basket (R) will bring ample food and clothing.
Linpang Zong stuffed with different fillings such as glutinous rice, red beans, green beans, peanuts, pork fat, and so forth.
As the Dragon Boat Festival draws near, families are busy wrapping Zongzi (dumplings made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves or reeds) to celebrate. Deng Weiliang, a native resident from Humen Township, still remembers the Linpang Zong he tasted when he was a youth. Instead of the typical tetrahedral shape, Linpang Zong have various special shapes.
Linpang Zong in the shape of a fishing basket will hopefully bring favorable weather, while those in the shape of a shopping basket will bring ample food and clothing. Pillow shaped Zong are believed to bring restful sleep, while ink-stone shaped Zong are fabled to make children smart and get top marks at school.
"It is said that the name of Linpang Zong has a poetic derivation," said Deng. Along a peaceful tiny hollow where there are woods and streams, you can find plants with spiny leaves called Linpang (literally means beside woods) in which zongzi can be wrapped.
In the 1980's when Deng was still a teenager, all families would look for Linpang leaves on the mountainside. They removed the spines, washed the leaves and twined them into all kinds of pleasing shapes, then stuffed them with different fillings such as glutinous rice, red beans, green beans, peanuts, pork fat, and so forth. They were steamed or boiled in big cauldrons in front of houses for several hours while the "fragrance spread throughout the whole village".