A few months ago, I was in Singapore around the time of the Hungry Ghost Festival. This is when paper offerings are burned for the dead to use, the nearest approximation being a Chinese version of the Egyptian afterlife. As a child, I remember helping my grandmother fold ancestral offerings. Hers were the traditional kind – gold ingots and cash that never go out of style. This time, however, it was intriguing to see how necessities have changed in the realm of the dead, as seen by the MacBook and game console above…
I was quite surprised to see life-sized roast chickens available for the dead in three flavours (looks like roasted, Beggar’s Chicken in parchment, and boiled), as well as what looks like a table top cooking set complete with gas canister.
A more traditional take with your choice of a ship, or a brick mansion.
Cars. I think one of them is a Mercedes, although the trusty minivan still dominates.
Bling. And sandals. I think this is supposed to conjure up a resort ambiance.
What do you think would be necessities in the afterlife?