So far, China is the world's only ancient civilization that have been constantly passed down from generation to generation. One major reason is the Chinese belief of ancestor worship. In recent years due to the impact of globalization and economic interests, China's traditional culture and heritage suffer a serious impact, I documented a traditional Chinese funeral, it is hoped that ancient Chinese excellent traditional culture to be saved and continued. Funeral culture includes the many aspects of traditional Chinese culture, such as: nature and ancestor worship, family lineage, Feng Shui, ritual, filial of human relations etc.
Fenxi County, Shanxi province, is located in the birthplace of the Chinese civilization on the loess plateau, a few years ago, refined brick courtyard of the Qing dynasty more than 100 years old can be seen everywhere in the county, but because of real estate development in recent years, which has a very high artistic and historical value can not be passed down. My grandma had a life of living in this kind of courtyard, but later had to move out, and died far from her House.
Chinese is not believing in God. Although there are some Buddhism and Taoism gods, but they don’t to worship, and even if to worship, they do not believe. They believe in their own strength, Believe that man can conquer nature; they worship their ancestors, because ancestors gave their lives. When old man is gone, Chinese like to invite geomancer to divine a propitious places to bury, it is called Feng Shui, they considered good Feng Shui can always bless future generations peace and prosperity. and the funeral was usually held ceremoniously In respect of the departed.
Comparing to the city residents’ funeral, hastily crematedand Rush Memorial when people died, my grandma's funeralcan be said to be solemn and scenery. Funeral lasted several days, every dayour offspring Putted on mourning apparel, participated in a variety ofworship rituals, we traveled around the county-wide accompanied by funeralmusic to escort the souls of the dead. Through these processes, theoffspring can honor their memories to the dead, and thegrief for the dead can also be released more, ultimately theywould be relieved from departure of the family members.The distinct memories of participation to the traditionalfuneral rituals which on the verge of extinction would be unforgettable, sothat traditional cultural heritage could deeply rooted in Chinese mindand came down in one continuous line generation by generation.