HEAVEN SENT: A handful of paper model makers are taking the art to a new level with their intricate carvings of luxurious items such as mansions and a film studio
Date: Apr 06, 2019
By: AFP, TAIPEI
From a modern summer villa with an outdoor pool to a fully equipped film studio or a
casino, paper model makers in Taiwan are ensuring the dead enjoy an eternity of luxury.
Across the globe for ethnic Chinese, burning paper offerings has long been seen as a way to send ancestors gifts that they can use in the afterlife.
In recent years, traditional paper incarnations of money and gold bars have given way to the more modern — paper iPads and mobile phones, washing machines, cars, televisions and credit cards.
However, a handful of paper model makers in Taiwan are taking the art to a new level and crafting offerings that bestow on the dead the kind of trappings only experienced by the truly rich and famous in the land of the living. [FULL STORY]