Posts Tagged ‘lost-in-translation’

26
Feb

Chinese Hell Bank Notes

by adminadam in art, links

These are meant to be burned at funerals in China.
The concept of Hell was interpreted as a general ‘afterlife’, not as the Christian missionaries attempted to convey it in the negative, eternal-hell-fire sense that we understand in the west. Hence the use of ‘Hell Notes’ to ferry departed souls into ‘Heaven’.

More Chinese Hell Notes can be seen here: (http://www.bigwhiteguy.com/baskets/hell.php)
More Really Cool World Bank Notes can be seen here: (http://www.joelscoins.com/catpm.htm)