In this scene, we see members of a family burning joss paper, also known as ghost money, for the occasion of the veneration of the deceased during a special occasion. According to Chinese tradition, joss paper is burned to ensure that the spirit of the deceased has lots of good things in the afterlife. We see the numerous high-rise buildings in the background representing the modern world that Taiwan has entered. Despite this injection of modernity, an old tradition still stands the test of time. This photograph was taken in Huatan Township, Taiwan.
Editor’s Note: This is the final portion of our 3 part “Living with Differences” series. You can find part 1, “Making Ends Meet” here, and part 2, “Temple City” here. Recently I participated in the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs’ International Student Photography Contest. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project in celebration of the 2014 Carnegie Council Centennial. Throughout the next few posts, I will be sharing the photos that I entered fort this great contest.
According to their website:
The Centennial project connects people across the globe in joint pursuit of Andrew Carnegie’s vision for global responsibility—what we call a “global ethic.” Is there such a thing? If not, should we try to create one?
In a world with tremendous diversity of beliefs and cultures, how do we live together amicably? Carnegie Council believes that part of the answer lies in pluralism—the appreciation of diversity and differences, with recognition of and respect for shared values.
Students everywhere can take part in this project by submitting photography that depicts the concept of living with differences.
More information about this contest can be found at http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/news/announcements/0079
You can also find this post, published earlier on the Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network blog at http://www.globalethicsnetwork.org/profiles/blogs/living-with-differences-making-ends-meet