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Mercedes car with liveried chauffeur made out of paper/ cardboard is a modernisation of joss paper, an afterlife monetary paper offering used in traditional Chinese ancestor veneration. In order to ensure that ancestors or ghosts have proper items in the afterlife, their relatives send them paper and papier-mâché presents. The burning of the spirit money and paper objects allows for the object to be transferred to the ancestors and ghosts, materialising in the afterlife and even increase in value; shop selling joss paper, spirit money, paper objects, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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