Offering for the Hungry Ghost Festival

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Offering for the Hungry Ghost Festival
Cave, Roderick
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Physical Description:
1 sheet
17.3 x 27.5


Subjects / Keywords:
Yulan festival
Zhongyuan festival
Ullambana ( LCSH )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- China
35 x 103


"On the fifteenth day the realms of Heaven and Hell and the realm of the living are open and both Taoists and Buddhists would perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased. Intrinsic to the Ghost Month is veneration of the dead, where traditionally the filial piety of descendants extends to their ancestors even after their deaths. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mâché form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Elaborate meals (often vegetarian meals) would be served with empty seats for each of the deceased in the family treating the deceased as if they are still living. Ancestor worship is what distinguishes Qingming Festival from Ghost Festival because the latter includes paying respects to all deceased, including the same and younger generations, while the former only includes older generations. Other festivities may include, buying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies giving directions to the lost ghosts and spirits of the ancestors and other deities." -- Wikipedia
General Note:
Included among the offerings are the every day items of the ancestor's daily life.
General Note:
Blue ink on white paper

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Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
SOAS University of London
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