chinese funeral paper offerings - car - pickup truck


Those paper effigies and offerings are meant to be burned during traditional Chinese funeral ceremonies.­

The paper offerings represent objects, animals or people that the deceased liked, and burning them ensures they will reach the deceased in the after-world.­

I stumbled upon those in the back of a Chinese-owned gas-station in a remote village in northern Thailand.­

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Those photos were shot in Thailand in May 2008 (Bangkok) and in March-April 2005, where I traveled with my friend Anke Rega.

Related Set: Forensic medicine museum - Siriraj Hospital (Bangkok).

Our 25-day tour in 2005 included, in chronological order, Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Kanchanabury, Nam Tok, Erawan, Nam Tok Huai Mae Khamin, Thong Pha Phum, Sangkhla Buri, Wat Wang Wiwekaram, Ban Pa Rai Nok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phanom Rung, Si Racha, Chantaburi, Ko Chang, Phimai, Nong Khai, Ban Phu, Wang Saphung, Loei, Dan Sai, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Si Ratchanalai, Chiang Mai, Tham Chiang Dao, Chiang Rai, Tha Ton, the Wieng Haeng loop, Pai, Muang Paeng, Tham Lot, and many other fantastic places that are not on the maps.­

We were lucky to be in the Phanom Rung historical park during the annual festival, during which the history and legends associated with this religious monument are re-enacted by hundreds of actors, dancers and musicians in a very impressive celebration.­

We also had the chance to be in Chiang Mai during Songkran, the Thai New Year (April 13th through the following week-end).­ During this holidays period, a Thai tradition consists in throwing copious amounts of water to others as a way to wish a happy new year.­ Chiang Mai's old defensive moat provide a endless source of water for the occasion.­

Camera used: Sony DSC F828 (8 Mega-pixel) with 4GB Microdrive.­

Photos of paper effigies and offerings meant to be burned during traditional Chinese funeral ceremonies.­

The paper offerings represent objects, animals or people that the deceased liked, and burning them ensures they will reach the deceased in the after-world.­

I stumbled upon those in the back of a Chinese-owned gas-station in a remote village in northern Thailand.­

The Chinese family were fabricating many of those amazing paper effigies, presumably for use by ethnic Chinese living in that region of Thailand.­ They kindly let me take photos of their back room.­