hi mr smith
hi mr smith
The first time I came across this peculiar Chinese tradition I was really amazed. It really just goes to show the different views of different cultures when it comes to "death."
Many other Asian countries do this also.
Eh, I've always heard it called 'ghost money' in both Taiwan and Thailand. The Hell thing maybe applies more in HK, as it was formerly a British colony.
Sage advice: the circular metal baskets in front of Chinese homes and businesses are NOT for trash. Ignore this advice and the ghosts may pay you a visit (not to mention the angry homeowners and shopkeepers). Just play nice and respect the culture, ma?
LMFAO somebody should really tell them about that...
hell money is generally considered to be bad luck for living people though. dont think anyone would want to ask people where to get that. unless you are dumb
Hell Bank notes. The Chinese use the word "hell" meaning "after life" in their country.
heh. funny caucasian man.
That's the funnies thing I have heard this week.
Will you use your money on hell ?
China burn this money for their own relatives that are pass away ...
This is only chinese belief that those who in hell gonna need money ...
[I dont think so, because in hell there is only eternal flame and maggots ...]
Interesting take on money.
hell bank notes
the root of all evil
In China, the word Hell doesn't carry the same negative connotation as western Hell. The popular story has it that zealous Christian missionaries warned all non-Christian Chinese they'd "go to Hell" upon death. True or not, it sounds plausible.
In a classic case of misinterpretation, the Chinese believed Hell was the English term for the Afterlife. The word was incorporated and printed on the traditional Chinese Afterlife Monetary Offerings, otherwise known as Hell Bank Notes. Some refer to the notes as Spirit Money.
I love the denominations. This first set shows the highest dollar amount I've found yet: $8 billion.
Hell Bank Notes come bundled in various numbers, depending on the currency. The paper ranges from smooth and thin to coarse and thick. The huge denomination notes were printed on low-grade paper -- cardboard-like in consistency -- such as this $2 billion note.
It doesn't matter, as they're made to be burned. The Chinese believe that when someone dies, his spirit goes to the afterlife, where it lives on, doing much the same things it did in life. Surviving relatives want to send gifts to make the afterlife as comfortable as possible. Aside from intricate paper objects such as houses, cars, clothing, watches, mobile phones, appliances and even domestic helpers, Hell Bank Notes are most popular. Burning sends them on their way.
The two most traditional times of year to burn Hell Bank Notes are during Ching Ming (The Festival of Pure Brightness) and Yue Laan (The Hungry Ghosts Festival).
Another delivery method is to toss it in the air during the funeral procession or leave it on the grave of the deceased any time one desires. A dead person needs some spending cash, right? Some believe burning Hell Money distracts evil spirits that would take the other goodies for themselves if given the chance. While they chase the cash, the valuable goods pass in safety to the intended relative.
What kills me is the notes come in such a huge variety of denominations -- everything from one cent up to billions of dollars. This means one of two things: either everyone in the afterworld is wealthy beyond imagination, or inflation is staggering. Maybe the dead need a single $1 billion bill to buy a loaf of bread -- rather like the 1923 German Reichsmark. . . .
Talk about money to burn....!
This site is called the THE ADVENTURES OF A BIG WHITE GUY LIVING IN HONG KONG. Looks like interesting reading.
It's easy to become a billionaire in China, all you have to do is die.
Hard to say if Chinese today continue to believe in this crap. But to my parents' spiritual credit they once gave me a hard slap on the hand in the local grocery store when I reached for a packet of Hell bank notes as an ignorant young'un back in the day.