Using Joss Paper to Honor Loved Ones

Using Joss Paper to Honor Loved Ones
Joss paper, sometimes called incense papers, are large sheets or large paper crafts made from
various types of natural fibers, including jute, bamboo, reed, and rice paper. The worship of
deities in Chinese traditional folk culture also makes use of this type of joss paper for its
offerings JinPaper. The paper is used by some followers of the Feng Shui religion to channel positive
energy. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese belief system that believes certain combinations of
objects and locations will influence human emotion and action. This belief is used in many types
of art, ranging from tattoos to beautiful paper works.

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Many who practice joss paper believe that it is a source of power that can be transferred
between the practitioners of different religions. It is believed that when paper is burned in such a
way that it flows with the wind, it is a symbol of cleansing and carrying away bad luck and evil
energy. When the spirits of ancestors are incorporated in the burning process, the burning
becomes a source of good fortune. Different religions have their own ways of using less paper in
worship, but all of them hold the belief that it helps to carry away negative energy from deities
and spirits into the offering.
Joss paper is most commonly associated with Fengshui rituals and the practice of activating the
cycle of life and death. This is because joss paper is believed to correspond with the Ba Zi
(stones) and the five elements (Jing, Qi, Space, Wood, and Earth) that are part of the cycle of
life and death. In ancient times, Fengshui experts and witches (mages) would use less paper to
consult with the deities about whether or not certain rituals or activities were intended to bring
more bad luck into a house. In recent times, some modern Witches have reclaimed this ancient
tradition and use less paper as a source of energy for their rituals.

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One of the most common uses of joss paper in Fengshui is for the wishing well. When using this
material in a well, the intent is to draw water from outside sources, by holding the paper over hot
water. The drawing of water from the outside is meant to wash away bad luck and the
extinguishing of candles, as well as to make sure that all treasures (including the material wealth
of the deceased) are properly transferred into the afterlife. This is often done by burning joss
paper over the waters of the well to symbolize that the deceased has left this world and gone to
enjoy all the pleasures of heaven. The ashes of the deceased are also often spread over the
land as a reminder of his or her good deeds.
The Chinese believe that it is bad luck to burn any material objects during the times of festivals
and other important times. As such, they create a “ritual” of burning joss papers during these
times to purify and cleansing their bodies and spirits. After all, during festivals, lots of money is
given to poor people to be distributed as ‘charity’ so why would you want to burn your
possessions? If you are unsure about how to burn joss paper for a festival, ask your Feng Shui
expert for help.
After the festival where the deceased used joss paper has passed, the family members who
have not burnt joss paper are then honored during the next ceremony. They are honored with a
feast as well as special gifts of clothing, food and money. In fact, many Chinese believe it is
better not to bury your ancestors because they will come back in spirit. Therefore, it is better to
celebrate your ancestors’ lives, during which they experienced both happiness and sadness to
complete the cycle of life. When you burn their paper during a period of happiness and sorrow,

you send your ancestors back into their rightful place.