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Re: Chinese Funeral Paper

My son was buying some colorful funeral paper & Heaven & Hell money in a
Vietnamese Buddhist store near our home.  He had his two children with him &
his intent was to use the paper for crafts.  The money was to play with
because it looks cool.   The woman in the store told him not to purchase any
of these items for the children to use because it would be bad luck.  She
seemed relieved when he didn't buy them.
Laura Tompkins
----- Original Message -----
From: Shu-Ju Wang <shuju@FIVEBATS.COM>
Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2000 11:27 PM
Subject: Re: Chinese Funeral Paper

> > I used Joss paper in some cards I made a few years ago and wondered at
> > time if their use in such a way (or in artists books) would be offensive
> > those who use them in connection with funerals. Does anyone know?
> I think my mother was not pleased when I purchased a package of the
> She asked, in a very abrupt manner, what I was going to use them for.  I
> didn't have any plans, and she let it go at that.  I was surprised by her
> reaction, since she generally doesn't practice traditional rituals.  So
> judging from her reaction, I would say that some people can be mightily
> offended by it.
> In a separate event, a friend received a box of handmade cards as a gift,
> all made with joss papers.  Neither she nor the giver had any idea what
> papers were, both simply like the cards for their 'Asian' looks.
> I would suggest that you include some explanation with your cards so that
> people can avoid sending them in situations that might offend the
> Shu-Ju

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