(as of Apr 30,2021 18:24:07 UTC – Details)
Honor Family with a Traditional Custom.
The Chinese use joss paper to send family members money and material goods in the afterlife. It’s common to see joss paper used at funerals, on ancestor birthdays and during important holidays like the Qingming Festival and the Hungry Ghost Festival.
The most traditional types of joss paper are bamboo paper squares decorated with foil, spirit money designed to resemble legal tender currency and crafts in the shapes of common household items like shoes, clothing and jewelry.
The Chinese believe that a joss paper offering is conveyed into the spirit world. In today’s modern world, caring for ancestors in the afterlife is a poignant way to pay respect for one’s elders and departed family members.
Hell money is a form of joss paper printed to resemble legal tender bank notes. This faux money has been in use since at least the late 19th century and possibly much earlier. Early 20th century examples took the resemblance of minor commercial currency of the type issued by businesses across China until the mid-1940s. The notes are not an officially recognized currency or legal tender since their sole intended purpose is to be offered as burnt-offerings to the deceased as often practiced by the Chinese and several East Asian cultures. The identification of this type of joss paper as “hell bank notes” or “hell money” and singling them out is largely a western phenomenon, since these items are simply regarded as yet another form of joss paper in East Asian cultures and have no special name or status.
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These hell bank notes feature an image of the Jade Emperor, the presiding monarch of heaven in Taoism
The notes are used to burn for the ‘Hell Gods,’ offering them monetary distraction so they will leave mortals at peace. They are also commonly burned as offerings for ancestors and requests for blessings of prosperity and good fortune.