A Taoist head priest performs a number of critical roles at a funeral, including warding off evil spirits with a peach wood sword and breaking nine tiles which symbolise the levels of hell. Photo: Martin Chan

Hong Kong’s Taoist funerals: the superstition, symbolism and how to stop your soul being dragged into the coffin

From swordplay to sweet treats, few Chinese funeral traditions are as involved as a Taoist ceremony. We find out how to ward off evil entities and guarantee a peaceful afterlife for the deceased

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A Taoist head priest performs a number of critical roles at a funeral, including warding off evil spirits with a peach wood sword and breaking nine tiles which symbolise the levels of hell. Photo: Martin Chan
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