Monday, April 24, 2006

Posthumous Debauchery Banned in China

During the Qingming Festival each spring in China, people visit the resting places of their ancestors, sweep their tombs, and burn fake money so their deceased relatives won't get caught short in the afterlife. But the government is cracking down on some burnt offerings.

China will ban the burning of paper villas, condoms and mistresses as sacrificial articles to curb the "vulgar" practice in [the] future, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Those who burn these things will be punished, the Huaxi Metropolis Newspaper reported, citing Dou Yupei, vice minister of civil affairs, without elaborating. [Link]

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