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Red coloured plastic dishes for offerings. The Kitchen God, ascends to heaven every year during the Chinese New Year to present a report to the Jade Emperor, as to the good or bad behaviour of each family member, the Jade Emperor rewards or punishes each household accordingly. The deities are worshipped by lighting incense and food offerings. The Kitchen God will receive cakes made out id sugar and honey in order to bribe and sweeten him up, so he will report a ‘sweetened ‘ version of the family’s behaviour. China Town, Bangkok.

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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