Thursday, 4 March 2010

Paper Craft

Taken during the Hungry Ghost month last year at Temple Street, Melaka. This man is in the paper craft creating paper dolls that Taoists burnt for their ancestors during prayers. During the Hungry Ghost month (7th month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar), prayers will be offered to hungry ghosts and paper crafts like the one he is doing will be burnt. He was making the God of Hades (underworld). There is a completed one in the background with its eyes covered with red paper. The red paper will be removed when prayers begun. A feast will be offered to the hungry ghost and God of Hades before these paper dolls were burnt.

This is a dying craft. Not many young people is interested in such craft anymore. Even this man's children is not keen in continuing their father's craft work.

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