Hell money is a form of joss paper printed to resemble legal tender bank notes and are burned in China and across East Asia in various supernatural ceremonies, including the rounding up of ghosts.
The latest report of hell money-burning comes from Thailand, where bonfires of the fake banknotes took place this week to attract the “dislocated spirits” of people who died in road accidents.
The ceremony aimed at mopping up lost souls takes place every 30 years, and this week saw a posse of Thai and foreign shamans scouring the roads in Krabi and Nakhon Si provinces for the spirits of those who died in crashes.
The ceremony, by all accounts, went well. More than 600 ghosts were reportedly captured on Tuesday, and successfully ushered into the afterlife.
Last November ghostbusters, overseen by local officials, were sent into a Thai village to capture malevolent, flesh-eating ghosts called phi pob which were forced into bamboo tubes and burned.
Hat tip: Rodger Atkin