In recent years, there have been many new types of votive items, most notably the paper o-sin (maid) used to burn offerings to deceased relatives.
Burning osin and sending it to the underworld to serve the spirits, this practice is reminiscent of the custom of burying the queen alive, serving beautiful women, servants and slaves following the emperors and mandarins of the past. when they die, an inhuman, immoral practice. The burning of paper osin is not cruel or barbaric, but it is also an act that shows a lack of morality and lack of humanity. Because the image of osin is the image of a person, a person who has parents, has a family, is dedicated to helping and serving the homeowner… Why do people think of burying other people according to the deceased to enslaving one’s loved one is an unwholesome, if not cruel, notion. In families with children, in the eyes of a child, in the mind of a child, a nanny is a dear, close, close person like a parent, sometimes even closer than a parent. For families where parents have little time to spend with their children), the burning of osine (even with paper) is a cruel act that is difficult to explain to children when they wonder. What will children think about what their parents do?
More and more new types of offerings appear, and people rush to buy and burn offerings without knowing what the value of that offering is, what benefits it has for those who are still dead or not, I don’t know. the origin, the origin of the offerings of those kind of tokens! From there, it shows that people’s superstitions do not tend to decrease but also increase. The belief that the underworld can use cryptograms is downright delusional. Because no one knows much about the existence of the afterlife and human life after death, no one knows where their loved ones have gone after death, but most people just imagine many things and do many things. the things that I think of, in fact, those things are very mythical.
Those who use cryptography do not wonder: There are 195 countries in the world, but how many countries have the custom of using cryptography? It’s just a number that counts on the fingers, which are mainly countries influenced by Chinese culture. There are many other countries in the world that do not have the custom of burning offerings to the horse, so do their relatives after death have no conditions to live in the afterlife? There is no basis, no evidence that the deceased can use sacrifices that have been burned to ashes or have decayed when buried with the dead.
Rarely, there are a few cases of people reporting that they dreamed that the dead came back and told them to burn their wares or belongings while they were still alive to make offerings to them. This is also not difficult to understand, the Department of Psychology, Psychoanalysis can explain this phenomenon. It’s just the mentality of remembering, caring and worrying about the deceased in terms of life in the underworld that loved ones dreamed of. Many cases of burning sacrifices are due to deception and instigation of fortune-tellers, ancestral spirits and ghosts to create faith in superstitions.
According to the Buddha’s teachings, people after death, thanks to good karma (blessed karma) that are born in heaven, or reborn as a human; due to bad karma (sorry) that is reborn as an animal or falls into the preta species (hungry ghosts, ghosts, forms of spirits), or falls to hell if while still alive, creates extremely evil karma. That is, depending on karma, rebirth, existence in one form or another. You don’t have to die and then live forever in a certain underworld to ask your loved ones to serve you, eat, drink, and enjoy. But paper tokens such as mobile phones, ATM cards, cars, houses, gold coins, clothes, etc., how can people be in the underworld (if the dead have not been reborn, still in the bardo form? or reborn as a hungry ghost) can be used. The yin realm of course has a different life from the yang realm, the form of sentient beings in any realm will have life according to that realm.
According to Buddhism, the deceased can only receive food and water offered by their loved ones while they are still in existence in the form of bardo bodies or after being reborn in the form of a hungry ghost, but all life receive and enjoy only with thoughts and feelings, not eating and drinking, enjoying like a living person, because they no longer have a body like a human. The deceased also inherits some of the merits and blessings that their relatives create and dedicate to them.
Buddhists should have right view and right thought (have correct and positive perception and understanding; have thoughts and contemplation on the basis of right view, in accordance with the truth, with the truth, in accordance with Righteous Dharma), should do valuable, meaningful, practical benefits in accordance with the scriptures, in accordance with the Buddha’s teachings. The most valuable and meaningful deeds that relatives do for the deceased are helping the deceased to turn their minds to good things, develop a heart of respect and faith in the Three Jewels, and rejoice at the good deeds that their loved ones do for them. . Relatives should actively do good deeds, make offerings to the Three Jewels, give alms, release lives, and practice efforts to dedicate merit and blessings to the deceased.
I think that the Dharma propagation establishments, monasteries, media agencies, and the Buddhist press should have more extensive propaganda campaigns about the do not burn votive aims to eliminate customs, superstitions, fight waste, bring right views to Buddhists and people, direct people to positive, useful and practical deeds in accordance with the Dharma. It is necessary to disseminate to everyone that making offerings to ghosts and spirits and deceased relatives is a Taoist custom, not a Buddhist ritual, and is contrary to the Buddha’s teachings. l