In this scene, we see members of a family burning joss paper, also known as ghost money, for the occasion of the veneration of the deceased during a special occasion. According to Chinese tradition, joss paper is burned to ensure that the spirit of the deceased has lots of good things in the afterlife. We see the numerous high-rise buildings in the background representing the modern world that Taiwan has entered. Despite this injection of modernity, an old tradition still stands the test of time. This photograph was taken in Huatan Township, Taiwan.
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