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Preparing a paper house's transport, joss paper and paper objects are offered to ancestors. Ancestor worshipping is not asking for favours, but to fulfil one’s filial duties. The act is a way to respect, honour and look after ancestors in their afterlives guaranteeing the ancestors’ well- being and positive disposition towards the living, as well as possibly seek the ancestors’ guidance or assistance for their living descendants. The social or non-religious function of ancestor worship is to cultivate kinship values like filial piety, family loyalty, and continuity of the family lineage; shop slling paper objects, joss paper, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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