Taoist priests perform a unique ancient ritual for the funeral of Lo Keng-nin, former vice-chairman of religious charitable organisation Sik Sik Yuen, in Hong Kong on July 9, 2006. Photo: Martin Chan Taoist priests perform a unique ancient ritual for the funeral of Lo Keng-nin, former vice-chairman of religious charitable organisation Sik Sik Yuen, in Hong Kong on July 9, 2006. Photo: Martin Chan
Taoist priests perform a unique ancient ritual for the funeral of Lo Keng-nin, former vice-chairman of religious charitable organisation Sik Sik Yuen, in Hong Kong on July 9, 2006. Photo: Martin Chan

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Chinese funeral clothing explained: what people wear at lavish Taoist ceremonies and why traditional attire is in danger of disappearing

  • While the deceased are dressed in the finest traditional clothing, family members all have specific attire to wear at Taoist Chinese funerals
  • But with bills for funerals easily dwarfing average annual incomes, practicality is increasingly taking priority over ‘karmic investment’

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Taoist priests perform a unique ancient ritual for the funeral of Lo Keng-nin, former vice-chairman of religious charitable organisation Sik Sik Yuen, in Hong Kong on July 9, 2006. Photo: Martin Chan Taoist priests perform a unique ancient ritual for the funeral of Lo Keng-nin, former vice-chairman of religious charitable organisation Sik Sik Yuen, in Hong Kong on July 9, 2006. Photo: Martin Chan
Taoist priests perform a unique ancient ritual for the funeral of Lo Keng-nin, former vice-chairman of religious charitable organisation Sik Sik Yuen, in Hong Kong on July 9, 2006. Photo: Martin Chan
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