National Geographic : 1912 Oct
FAMILY GROUP OF GRAVE MOUNDS IN CHIHLI, BETWEEN TAKU AND TIENTSIN The largest or father grave is in the rear, those of his two sons standing next ,...... . , .... // GRAVE MOUNDS RECENTLY RESTORED AND BEARING THE STREAMER STANDARDS IN TOKEN OF MEMORIAL SERVICES GROUP OF GRASS-GROWN GRAVE MOUNDS CARRYING THE STREAMER STANDARDS AND SHOWING THE EXTENSIVE OCCUPATION OF LAND It is the custom in some parts of China, if not in all, to periodically restore the mounds, maintaining their height and size, and to decorate these once in the year with flying streamers of colored paper, set there as tokens that the paper money has been burned upon them and its essence sent up in the smoke for the maintenance of the spirits of their departed friends. We have our memorial day; they have for centuries observed theirs with religious fidelity. The usual expense of a burial among the working people is said to be $Ioo, Mexican, an enormous burden when the day's wage or the yearly earning of the family is considered.