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Burning Money Like You’ll Die Tomorrow

Burning money is an ancient Chinese tradition. Real money isn’t being burned, it is being spent on paper imitations which are burned. What these imitations are called can change depending on who you talk to.  Many refer to them as zhĭ or paper but this does not create a difference between the paper that is […]



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Spirit Money for the Dead in China

Deeply rooted in Chinese culture and ideology is the belief that taking care of your ancestors and other deities who have passed on to the afterlife is important. There are many traditions that worship and honor the dead in China, and one tradition is the act of burning spirit money and other paper goods. By […]



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Feeding the Hungry Ghosts in a Modern Market Economy

By Matt Sacco 11/19/2014   I knew early in the semester that I wanted my final project to focus in some way on the interaction between the living and the dead, as expressed through the observance of Chinese popular religious customs. While I find the festivals and rites surrounding ancestor veneration to be just as […]



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Spirit Money: Burning Your Way To The Bank

What happens when we die, do we cease to exist or go to an afterlife? If there is an afterlife, what is it like? Well if there is an afterlife, surely is has to be a fantastical place, right? Well a big belief in China is that the afterlife is just like our world now […]



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