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Sunday, July 7, 2013
The Magic Of Joss Paper
There are many types of
joss paper used by the Chinese community. This particular type is known as the “flow
money”. The purpose of “flow money” is for “road opening” purposes. Well,
people believe that an inferior spirit is not free to move across water. For
example, a river has river guardian and a bridge has a bridge guardian. The
only way to let the spirit pass through is to pay a toll fee with this flow
This also explains why
during a traditional Chinese funeral procession, flow monies are thrown along
the way. The throwing of flow money is not common in the western world as this
type of action is treated as littering; majority of the Chinese community in
Asia still continue to uphold this practice.
My purpose of this posting
is not to introduce you with this seemingly littering practice, but to explore
the magic of joss paper. It is a common practice to use this flow money to cure
common skin illness:
·Rub a piece of
flow paper on skin ulcer and the ulcer can be cured in a few days.
·Another recipe by
Mr. Ong’s friend: rub a piece of joss paper on cracked heels and they will heel
in a few days.
A very important aspect of
this healing method is that the flow money must be collected on the road left
over by the funeral procession. The purchase ones will not be effective.