Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Place To Burn Sacred Objects.

After offering food to their ancestors in the shrines at their home or place of work, a person will also burn joss paper {also known as spirit money} in front of their homes or places of business. I recall first seeing this when we lived in a village house in Tai Po and our neighbor was performing this ceremonious act.

The paper is burned in the hope that the deceased family members have a better afterlife. There are three different types of paper - gold, silver, and copper. Each paper has its own distinction and when burned means something different to prevent confusion or insult to the spirits. Joss papers are believed to provide their family members or loved ones who have died with the means to give them what they might need or want in the afterlife.

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