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For Gods, ghosts and ancestors : the Chinese tradition of paper offerings

Author: Janet Lee Scott
Publisher: Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, ©2007.
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"Throughout For Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors, paper offerings are presented as a vibrant and living tradition expressing worshippers' respect and gratitude for the gods, as well as love and concern for departed family members. Ranging from fake paper money to paper furniture, servant dolls, cigarettes, and toiletries - all multihued and artfully constructed - paper offerings are intended to provide for the needs of  Read more...
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Scott, Janet Lee, 1945-
For Gods, ghosts and ancestors.
Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, c2007
(OCoLC)607650622
Online version:
Scott, Janet Lee, 1945-
For Gods, ghosts and ancestors.
Seattle, WA : University of Washington Press, c2007
(OCoLC)608098711
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Lee Scott
ISBN: 0295987189 9780295987187
OCLC Number: 170553897
Notes: Originally published: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, c2007. (Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series)
Description: 311 p., [32] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Other Titles: Chinese tradition of paper offerings
Responsibility: Janet Lee Scott.

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Takes a look at paper offerings from various angles - how they are made, sold, and used. This book describes various aspects of Chinese popular religion as it explores the many forms of these  Read more...

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"This is a book that all specialists on Chinese religion, arts, and material culture need to read. For Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors is an excellent source for teaching, both undergraduate and Read more...

 
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