Using Joss Paper to Alleviate Fears
Joss paper, called joss paper, or incense papers in the Chinese language, are sheets of thin paper typically made from binding papers using
animal skin or grasses Jin Paper. The art of making joss paper was passed down from generation to generation within a particular lineage. This paper is
made by using strips of animal skin sewn together to make a thick paper with decorative patterns on it. Joss paper is most commonly used for
writing and calligraphy. It is a very popular decorative paper for decorating prayer wheels and lanterns.
Joss paper, called joss paper, are sheets or rolls of paper used to create burnt offerings in Chinese ancestral worship. The worship of deities in
Chinese folk tradition also makes use of this type of joss paper for making incense offerings. Incense papers are sheets of aromatic paper that is
moistened with fragrance. They are commonly used for scenting in homes, offices, and ritual ceremonies.
Joss paper is also a popular component in Chinese funeral ceremonies where the deceased’s spirit is believed to possess the buyer of the sheet
with the power to command fire from the heavens to burn the body. This practice became popular in the West in the early 1900s and was first
referred to in an article published in Popular Mechanics magazine in May of that year. After the first publicized report, several companies quickly
began producing joss paper that could be burned in the traditional Chinese manner. Since then, this product has become popular with many who
enjoy burning joss paper for the purpose of creating a spiritual presence.
In most cases, people who purchase these genuine joss paper for use in making ritual offerings do so to practice their religion, but some people do
purchase these sheets with the intention of making real money. Because joss paper burns slowly over time, some dealers offer sheets that are
seasoned and ready for burning which can earn you more money than the average offering. These “burned” sheets are sold in bulk quantities and
can be purchased online at wholesale prices. While it would be possible to find dealers who sell real money made from joss paper, few have
products that could realistically be used in a home ritual such as making the equivalent of a black light pass through a picture frame or displaying
candles lit inside a glass window.
People have used just paper for ages to create a special aura and to perform rituals. For example, the Native American tribes believed that it
increased the power of their prayers and enhanced the performance of their ceremonies. They would use less paper during times of prosperity,
war, and good health. Some Native American tribes would carry strips of joss paper around their necks or use it to make a small pouch that they
placed into a small hole in their pant’s design so that they could carry it on their person at all times. These small pouches were often kept with
them on journeys and were returned only when they had reached their destination.
Other cultures believed that by utilizing the power of joss paper would appease the spirits of their ancestors who may have passed away. This is
particularly true for people of Native American descent who sometimes call upon their deceased family members for help in making their deceased
have something solid to use as money for funeral expenses. The grieving family would then take the deceased’s wealth to their native village,
where it was put to use for various ceremonies including the paying of burial fees. It was also said that if a person was able to burn a joss paper
strip in front of the deceased’s image, it would appease the spirit of that person and provide him with peace of mind. Many individuals have
experienced the healing effects of this practice and have gone on to tell stories about how it has helped ease their troubles.