Villagers believe deity has role to play in naming road
A local deity in Miaoli County played an important role when villagers of Xihu in Miaoli County tried to find an impressive name for a country road between rice paddies that they consider to be comparable to the famous “Mr. Brown Avenue” in Taitung County, Eastern Taiwan.
To promote tourism in the region, the Xihu Township Office launched an Internet vote in June to choose a name for the section of county highway, where a lone standing meliaceae tree reminds viewers of the iconic tree on “Mr. Brown Avenue,” which became a tourist attraction after being featured in a series of advertisements, particularly one featuring the popular actor Jin Tsheng Wu (Takeshi Kaneshiro).
The Xihu Township Office announced early Sunday that although most online voters chose “Golden Road No. 1”, it would be prudent to consult with the local deity before making a final decision.
By throwing Jiao blocks to get divine answers, township office personnel tried 16 times, and found that among the three proposed names — “Golden Road No. 1”, “Country Circling Path” and “Rice Scented Avenue,” the divine choice turned out to be “Country Circling Path.”
The divine consultation, and turnaround in the name-choice, however, caused dissatisfaction among some e-voters, which led the township office to reconsider a final decision on the road’s name.
The decision will return to human choice when Xihu Township Council members meet in the near future to decide between “Golden Road No. 1” and “Country Circling Path,” said Xihu Township chief Ku Mu-hsien.