Other Burners, Other Fires

Compiled by Terry Abraham <tabraham @ uidaho.edu>

The ritualized burning of offerings is not confined to cemeteries or funerary rituals; these are treated at Chinese Funerary Burners. In much of Asia other burners are a daily part of life. Images of them provide important comparative information about their use and nature.

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Temple Burners
Garden Burner

Image courtesy Asian American Comparative Collection, 2006

Unidentified burner
China
"Before a Buddhist temple there is usually a furnace where prayers written upon paper may be burned. The Chinese seem not to have thought of a chimney as the smoke comes from the aperture at one side. Some of our public parks might note that a place to burn paper is not necessarily ugly."
Howard, Edwin L. Chinese Garden Architecture. NY: Macmillan, 1931.
Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Photo courtesy Roberta Greenwood, 2002

Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kong Hock Keong)
Penang
Malaysia
Iron, on wheels, dated 1991
Phuket, Thailand

Photo courtesy Roberta Greenwood, 2002

Wat Chalong
Phuket
Thailand
Masonry

Baixian Guan, Xian, China

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, October 2002

Burner and incense holder
Baixian Guan
Xian
China
Cast iron
Temple burner, San Yuan Gong Temple

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, October 2002

Temple burner
San Yuan Gong Temple
Guangzhou
China
Cast iron
Burner, Guangxiao Temple

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Burner
Guangxiao Temple
Guangzhou
China
Masonry
Burner and incense holder, Lin Fong Temple

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Burner and incense holder
Lin Fong Temple forecourt
Macau
Cast iron
Other Temple Equipment
Dayan Ta (Big Wild Goose) Pagoda, Xian, China

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, October 2002

Iron candle stand
Dayan Ta (Big Wild Goose) Pagoda
Xian
China
Cast Iron
Bao Lun Temple, Chongqing

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, October 2002

Incense holder
Bao Lun Temple
Chongqing
China
Cast iron
Grave Burners
Grave burner, Taipa Municipal Cemetery, Taipa, Macau

Photo by Terry Abraham, November 2002

Grave burner
Taipa Municipal Cemetery
Taipa
Macau
Masonry
Altar burner, United Chinese Cemetery, Taipa, Macau

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Altar burner
United Chinese Cemetery
Taipa
Macau
Masonry
Imperial Burners
Silk burner, Zhongshan Park, Beijing, China

Photo by Terry Abraham, October 2002

Oven for burning sacrificial offerings of silk
Working People's Cultural Palace
Zhongshan Park
Beijing
China
 
Dzidzat (offerings to be burned)
Buying Dzidzat at Yang Min Shan First Public Cemetery for Ching Ming

Photo by Terry Abraham, April 2007

Buying Dzidzat at Yang Min Shan First Public Cemetery for Ching Ming
Taipei
Taiwan
 
Dzidzat vendor at Yang Min Shan First Public Cemetery for Ching Ming

Photo by Terry Abraham, April 2007

Dzidzat vendor at Yang Min Shan First Public Cemetery for Ching Ming
Taipei
Taiwan
 
Dzidzat shop near Baixian Guan

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, October 2002

Dzidzat shop near Baixian Guan
Xian
China
 
Dzidzat shop

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Dzidzat shop
Macau
 
Street artifacts
Doorway with burn marks, Guangzhou

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Doorway incense burners and burn marks
Guangzhou
China
 
Woman burning offerings in sheet metal can

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Woman burning offerings in sheet metal can
Macau
 
Street-side shrine

Photo by Priscilla Wegars, November 2002

Street-side shrine
Macau
 
Not a burner?
Burner-shaped structure in apple orchard near Prince Yide's Tomb outside Xian

Photo by Terry Abraham, October 2002

Burner-shaped structure, no apparent opening, in apple orchard near Prince Yide's Tomb outside Xian
China
Masonry

Acknowledgments

Thanks to those who have contributed information for this listing: Roberta Greenwood, and especially Priscilla Wegars.
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