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  • Offerings for the afterlife at Hokkien Street, 1982

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1982 photograph shows rites and rituals on Hokkien Street. Food offerings including fish, poultry, pork and fruits, as well as Chinese traditional foods like ang ku kweh are placed on the ground, as part of the prayers for the afterlife. An incense burner, incense sticks and joss paper can...
  • Mourners at Chinese funeral at Sago Lane, 1981

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1981 photograph shows family mourners kneeling on mats at a Chinese funeral wake, at Sago Lane. Family members of the deceased are garbed in mourning clothes. Some of them wear straw overcoats and hats, while others wear white garments. The different grades of mourning garments correspond with the levels...
  • Taoist priests at a Chinese funeral wake at Sago Lane, 1981

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1981 photograph shows some Taoist priests at a Chinese funeral wake at Sago Lane. The priests wearing long, brightly coloured robes with Taoist symbols, like the yin-yang symbols are seen in the middle of the picture. Family members of the deceased kneeling on the ground are only partially visible....
  • Chinese prayer altar in Joo Chiat Lane, 1991

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows a Chinese prayer altar in Joo Chiat Lane. The altar has items such as statues of god and goddess, joss stick containers and burning oil. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Offerings for the afterlife in Chinatown, 1971

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1971 photograph shows food and wine offered most likely during the Hungry Ghost Festival to the afterlife in Chinatown. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Joo Chiat Lane, 1991

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows Hungry Ghost Festival celebration at Joo Chiat Lane. A group of people dressed in tradition Chinese clothing can be seen walking out from what looks like a temporary prayer altar. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Offerings for the afterlife in Onan Road, 1991

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1991 photograph shows a row of chairs and tables with food offered to the afterlife during the Hungry Ghost Festival in Onan Road. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Chinese funeral procession at Hock Lam Street, 1970 [1]

    Heritage and Culture · Streets and Places · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1970 photograph shows part of a Chinese funeral procession at the now-expunged Hock Lam Street, opposite the Central Fire Station at Hill Street. An elaborately-designed Chinese traditional hearse or sedan, a white lantern and other funerary items can be seen in the foreground. Shophouses lining both sides of the...
  • A wake (ceremony) at Boon Tat Street, 1977

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “S. 19 Mars 77 Boon Tat St”. This 1977 photograph shows a wake (ceremony) at Boon Tat Street. People can be seen sitting outside one of the shophouses. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Ceremonial object, 1982

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “Vers Sungai Road 05 Sept 82.” A slaughtered pig can be seen with an orange that has some joss sticks on it in its mouth in this 1982 photograph. Its head can be seen lying on a block of ice. The pig most likely is an...
  • Chinese funeral procession at Hock Lam Street, 1970 [2]

    Heritage and Culture · Streets and Places · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1970 photograph shows a Chinese funeral procession at the now-expunged Hock Lam Street. Member of the funeral band are holding onto their musical instruments, waiting for the procession to begin. Flower wreaths, sedan carriers and a red sedan are also seen in the picture. Shophouses on both sides of...