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streetSNAP: The Funeral Street part 2

According to superstitions and traditions, items(like Hell Bank notes) that are burnt will be sent to the after world where the they can be used by ancestors. In some cases it’s Hell Bank notes but nowadays joss paper designs  have become more and more wacky and popular. Below you can see a wonderful Le Coq Sportif t-shirt and a two story village house(complete with furniture) ready to be bought, burnt and transported to the afterlife!Check out part 1 for a couple more pictures of the joss paper designs!

Another aspect of the afterlife in Hong Kong is where to be buried. Land shortages in the late 1970s forced the government to stop building burial sites and enforce strict rules on public cemeteries, this has resulted in a huge demand for grave-sites. Public cemeteries work on a lottery system – after 6 years a body must be exhumed and cremated and that site becomes available to whoever is chosen by the lottery. A private cemetery with an available plot can cost up to 3 million dollars! 90 percent of people who died in 2013 cremated but now China has become a popular place for burial sites, many people are flocking to purchase plots just North of the border because they offer permanent places for deceased to find their final resting place.

Le Coq Sportif

Le Coq Sportif


Village House

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3 comments on “streetSNAP: The Funeral Street part 2

  1. theguestroom
    January 29, 2015

    Great post Sean!!

    Some lucky duck is gonna get a nice shirt!!

  2. Sean Creamer
    January 29, 2015

    Thanks Mr.J – wish i was the lucky duck, oh wait the it means i would be dead…

  3. brielle87
    January 31, 2015

    How odd, to be dead yet still renting space. I would say better to just be cremated, but I know the importance placed on family plots.

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