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Chinese Death Rituals in Singapore by Tong Chee Kiong

By Tong Chee Kiong

Via a cultural research of the symbols of demise - flesh, blood, bones, souls, time numbers, nutrition and funds - Chinese loss of life Rituals in Singapore throws gentle upon the chinese language belief of loss of life and the way they take care of its eventuality. within the seeming mass of spiritual rituals and ideology, it means that there's an underlying common sense to the rituals. This in flip leads Kiong to check the interrelationship among demise and the socioeconomic price approach of China as an entire.

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First, this connection can be seen in the villagers’ perception of the reciprocal obligation between the living and the dead: The living are expected to care for the dead in repayment of the debt they owe them. 71 Ahern found that, in Chi’nan, the ancestral halls are the property of the corporate descent group, and strict rules govern admission of the ancestral tablets into the hall. By analyzing the categories of people excluded— unmarried women, uxorilocally married men, and dead children—she argues that admission is based on the potential contribution of the deceased to the lineage.

20 CHINESE DEATH RITUALS IN SINGAPORE behavior centers on authority and competition. Authority relates to the father-son identification and the ideal of a large family, whilst competition relates to the glory of the ancestors and the lineage. According to Hsu, the “ancestors’ shadow” affects all aspects of West Town social life, from the ordering of the direction of the house to the pacification of the dead in the graveyard. In his analysis of the various ancestral rituals, he shows the interrelationship between ancestors, kin organization, and economic relations.

Here, they are forced to remain seated on a bed of nails and then crushed under wooden beams. Murderers, rapists, and prostitutes are punished by having their chests opened, and their hearts plucked out and fed to animals. 11 Finally, the deceased reaches the Tenth Court of Hell, or the Court of Reincarnation. Here, the judge decides, based on a person’s deeds on earth, whether he should be reborn as an animal or man, and also what his new status in life will be. 1). With the family of the deceased kneeling before the pagoda, the priest reads a report (to the gods) about the deceased: his name, address, age, and sex, number of wives and children, and occupation.

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