This work characterises the relationship of a living descendant and his dead ancestor by examining Chinese paper offerings as a bridging platform. It showcases 2 “realm” – a constructed imagination and the physical reality.
Although these paper offerings are merely physical elements such as paper and wooden sticks, in the mind of the living descendant, these items will be transformed into any objects after they are burnt.
Is burning paper offerings a filial piety duty, or is it merely an emotional and spiritual reassurance for the descendant?
Chinese believe continued activities with the dead is an obligated filial piety duty. Here, the descendant is seen doing daily chores, laundry, cooking and entertaining the ancestor as a literal depiction.