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“Papa! What’s Money?”: An Enduring Question Finds Answers in Burning It for the Spirits of the Dead in China

C. Fred Blake

in At Home and in the Field: Ethnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824847593
eISBN:
9780824868215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.003.0047
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the nature of value in ancient Chinese spiritual practices of burning paper replicas of valuable things—most often money—for the spirits of deceased family ancestors. Paper ... More


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