At the recent "Tomb Sweeping Festival", families gather at their ancestral graves to remember their dead family members. They burn a variety of symbolic objects which they hope will then materialise in the afterlife. Ava burnt fake money, but we also saw paper cars, little paper clothes, fake gold, etc. I've since seen even more extravagant items to burn, include paper credit cards, fake marriage certificates, various "birth control" items(!?), mahjong pieces, speedboats, jewellry, alcohol bottles and even paper buildings. And if you have a car materialise in the afterlife, you'll need to fuel it, hence this paper petrol station [see photo], rather disconcertingly called "Hell Gas Station". It makes you wonder where the family think the dead member ended up!
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