A number of bundles of joss paper were piled on a cart on the wayside

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Bundles of joss paper piled on a wagon
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A wagon on the side of the road was piled with bundles of yellow paper. In Chinese culture, these bundles are called joss paper, which is money to be used in the afterlife, and are believed to reach the underworld in the form of smoke when burned during rituals for the dead or when praying to gods. It is so common in Taiwan that if you visit a temple, you will see many joss papers being dedicated and burned.

The Chinese character for "blessing" was written in red on the side. It is probably a wish for the happiness of the deceased person who will be using it. Unfortunately, it seems to be the same not only in this life but also in the afterlife that there are times when we are troubled by lack of money but not so much by having money. This is not very happy information for me, as I have no luck with money. The saving grace, at least, is that the kind of money I can spend in the afterlife is different from the kind of money I spend in this life. I just hope it has nothing to do with how much money I have in this life.

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PHOTO DATA

No

10134

Shooting Date

Sep 2016

Posted On

May 7, 2017

Modified On

November 8, 2022

Place

Tainan, Taiwan

Genre

Street Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

SONNAR T* FE 55MM F1.8 ZA

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