Monday, January 4, 2010

Walking through pretty things


Funeral tent, pre-funeral. The tents are set up outside of the home of the deceased. The music and prayer filled ceremony can last for several days, 24 hours a day, until the day on the Chinese calender that the dead can be buried. They are then buried in a shallow grave, until the another special day on the Chinese calender when they can be exhumed. Their remains are placed an urn and set up around an indoor home altar or an outdoor shrine. Our agent's friend volunteers as an exume-er in the Yunlin county cemeteries.



Inside one of the shrine rooms of the oldest Matzu Temple, Tienhou, in Lugang.


Central altar in a huge and newer Beigang temple

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