When I first went to Asia and saw people burning money I thought man this is crazy! Then they explained that they would use real money to purchase the other money called Joss paper also known as ghost money, or spirit money. The more contemporary or westernized varieties of Joss paper include hell bank notes, paper credit cards, and cheques, these burnt offerings which are common in traditional Chinese religious practices including the veneration of the deceased on holidays and other special occasions. Joss papers, as well as other papier-mâché items, are burned in traditional Chinese funerals, to ensure that the sprit of the deceased has lost of god things in the afterlife. In other words the deceased will have plenty money to burn.
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