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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...
  • Family members of deceased, 1971

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1971 photograph shows the family members of a deceased taking photo before the hearse leave for the cemetery. Title devised by Library staff.
  • 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....
  • Malay wedding, Mount Elizabeth, 1970 [1]

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “Sin 6.12.70 Malay wedding Mount Elisabeth”. This 1970 photograph shows a Malay wedding where the married couple is having a meal with their guests. Title devised by Library staff.
  • 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.
  • Taoist priest, 1982 : profile

    Personalities · Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1982 photograph show the side view of a Taoist priest. He is most probably performing a religious rites as he can be seen holding a piece of red paper with Chinese character on it. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Malay wedding near Queen’s Hotel, Mount Elizabeth, 1970 [2]

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “Proche de Queen’s Hotel. Sin 6-12-70 Mount Elisabeth”. This 1970 photograph shows a Malay wedding where the married couple is seen posing for a photo with some guests. 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.
  • Chinese funeral procession, 1970

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide reads: “Singapore 6.12.70. South Bridge/Circular Rd”. This 1970 photograph shows a Chinese funeral procession with a band of musicians. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Ancestral shrine in a house at River Valley Road, 1979

    Streets and Places · Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1979 photograph shows an ancestral shrine in a house at River Valley Road. The shrine has a tablet with the ancestor's name inscribed on it, as well as photographs. The shrine also has an incense stick holder. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Religious ceremony at Havelock Road, 1982

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: “D.8 Août 1982, Havelock.” This 1982 photograph shows three women and two children with traditional Chinese costume performing some rites at Havelock Road. It looks like there is a religious ceremony going on as one of the lady can be seen holding two incense. On lookers...
  • 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...
  • Malay wedding, 1971

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1971 photograph shows a Malay couple posing for a photo with their parents and three children in the house on their wedding day. Gifts given to the couple can be seen on the left. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Indian wedding, 1971

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1971 photograph shows an Indian wedding where the couple can be seen most likely in the middle of some rites and ceremonies. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Traditional Chinese paper offerings shop in Chinatown, 1971

    Economy · Heritage and Culture · Streets and Places · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    Photographer’s annotation on slide: ““Deo, S’pore, 18 Dec 1971.” This 1971 photograph depicts a shop in Chinatown that makes paper offerings for the afterlife. A paper replica of a house is placed at the shop's entrance. The light wooden or bamboo frame of the paper house can be seen, as...
  • 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...
  • Paper house offering on a lorry at Sago Lane in Chinatown, 1977

    Heritage and Culture · Piollet, Paul · Paul Piollet Collection
    This 1977 photograph shows a paper house offering on a lorry at Sago Lane in Chinatown ready for delivery. A worker can be seen making some final arrangement. Title devised by Library staff.