3 thoughts on “A funeral in south-west China

  1. Charles Cowling
    David Holmes

    Brilliant – and to my eyes, not too dissimilar from a typical British burial.


    Charles Cowling
  2. Charles Cowling
    Charles Cowling

    I like the element of (apparent) disorder.


    Charles Cowling
  3. Charles Cowling
    gloria mundi

    Thanks so much. Completely wonderful video. I hope we’ve moved on from the days when some would say “what a waste of money on a bunch of superstitions.” It looks at once exotic to outsiders, and also completely ordinary – it’s “what we do around here,” and the whole village does it. Brilliant firecrackers, evil spirits going down like ninepins – and what a feast! Not exactly your sandwiches and a cup of tea at the hotel round the corner from the crem, is it? And apart from the food (the Chinese tend to get that priority exactly right) I guess it was very low-cost. Interesting that they seemed to be burying the coffin and the grave marker/headstone at the same time?

    I think we can very sure that his spirit is no longer in hell. Splendid!


    Charles Cowling

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