"Ancestral Offering" Original Oil Painting

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"Ancestral Offering" Original Oil Painting

1,625.00

2018
Oil on Masonite
34 x 21.5 x 2 in

Framed & Varnished

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The number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese because it is nearly homophonous to the word "death.” Thus, some buildings in East Asia omit floors and room numbers containing 4, similar to the Western practice of some buildings not having a 13th floor because 13 is considered unlucky. In Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month is regarded as the Ghost Month, in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Activities during the month would include preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense, and burning joss paper, a papier-mâché form of material items such as clothes, gold and other fine goods for the visiting spirits of the ancestors. Respect for your ancestors is commonplace by visiting and sweeping their graves. The Joss paper is burned so those ancestors have enough, and are taken care of, in the afterlife.

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