Saturday, July 16, 2011

To each his own

What's practical for some people may not be so for others.

At the cemetery, people may be weirded out by the sight of outdoor fireplaces near a family mausoleum. It may not seem practical at all, especially in this country with the hot climate and in a place where people don't actually live in. But for Chinese, it is. That's because "paper money" (actually special paper with gold paint to symbolize money) is burnt whenever an offering is made, in addition to the usual candles and flowers and food offerings. It's safer to do the burning in the fireplace rather than in the open air.

So sometimes practicality is cultural or personal. Every person's situation and circumstance is different, and we adapt in our own practical way.

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