Monday, September 07, 2009

Offerings to the dead: send flames onto the family

The Chinese do a lot of offerings to the deceased. These offerings are made by burning fake money notes, known as hell money but also paper versions of what the deceased enjoyed on Earth or what the ancestor would have loved to have. Some families burn paper houses, cars, credit cards, flight tickets to give to their dead relatives. The Chinese feel that these offerings reach the ghosts and help them live comfortably in their new world.

Sometimes they also burn 'themselves' as seen below to foster the continuing relation between the alive and the deceased.
Malacca, Malaysia, July 2009.

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At September 7, 2009 at 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jorn,
What did you think of Malacca? I was a bit disappointed..big hug from Ottawa..

At September 10, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Blogger brommel said...

Hi V&J, enjoyed Malacca a lot. Needed a break from our loudspeaker polution in Jakarta. Malacca is quite touristic but there is still a lot to discover about the 'Strait Chinese'. At least Malacca is now preserving its past. In Indonesia there are similar opportunities to preserve the past, but most of them are missed as can be observed in Batavia.


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