Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Singapore, Republic of Singapore

The roasted pig isn't for the family. It's for the ancestors. Only the wealthiest can afford such lavish offerings on Ghost Day, and nothing impresses the departed souls (or the neighbors) more than a suckling pig feasting on joss paper (on the table and in the bags) as a stand in for corn meal. [2016]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Singapore, Republic of Singapore

Joss paper (traditionally made from bamboo or rice) is everywhere on Ghost Day, especially in Singapore's Chinatown neighborhood. It is burned as an offering to the dead. It looks like she is burning bundles of Hell Bank Notes so that her departed ancestors have something to spend in the afterlife. [2016]

Monday, July 24, 2017

Singapore, Republic of Singapore

How do you honor, serve and feed your distant ancestors in Buddhist and Taoist East Asia? You put food out for them during the Hungry Ghost Festival. It takes place on Ghost Day, which occurs sometime in August or September each year. Four out of ten Singaporeans are Buddhist or Taoist, so displays like this abound. [2016]

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tampa, Florida, USA

In 1993, the age of dinosaurs returned with the Recyclosaurus, a new species perfectly suited to the 21st century. Built of cheap recycled materials, the rex has served as an unmissable roadside reminder of environmental stewardship. Originally, his belly was filled with trash. [2017]

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rhyolite, Nevada, USA

Occupying a nosey little cook in the Nevada desert, a mike and his baster stand. A well-boiled icicle is what he needs right now. If this makes no sense to you, remember it is national Spoonerism Day, and the opening clause is attributed to Rev. William Spooner himself. Transnation leeded? [2016]

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cortland, New York, USA

Let the races begin. Even though election day is well over a year away, 2018 has incumbents on the defensive. Evidence? Signs like this are appearing all across the country, and this is probably not the only one to be in front of a local VFW. "Only you can vote for hope, change, and get America back! Vote Heath for Congress." [2017]

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, USA

Purpley Grime or Pinkly Prime?
Tea Time or Tiring Rhyme?
Wish-It-Were-Mine or Aesthetic Crime? [2017]