Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Know your traditions: Houses for the dead
I spotted this yesterday while heading home on the motorcycle; it's a mock house made of paper and cardboard that will be burned as part of a funeral. To ensure their loved ones have shelter, furniture, transport and money in the next life, relatives of the deceased often buy (or have made) items like these. In major cities you'll come across shops selling such things. Oftentimes they're located very near temples associated with death, such as Tainan's Dongyue Hall.