Wednesday, December 09, 2009

the lotus journey

have you ever been to chinese funerals? if you have, notice the yellow printed paper they have there. these are called the dead paper money. it is a belief that when a person dies, all the riches incurred here on earth will be brought with him.her to heaven using symbolic representations like paper money and paper houses.

my aunt leya died last year and it was here in the funeral parlor that this yellow paper money caught my attention. we would fold these into lotus-like origami then burn it in a black sooted can. the burning and smoke signify translocation and journey of one's soul into heaven. these imprints have prayers and through prayers, yes, the journey will bring the soul to eternity.

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