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Chinese rituals honor ancestors, roots

Descendants show their love and respect during Ching Ming

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 12, 2014

~~<p>For years James Au refrained from taking part in a Chinese ancestor veneration ritual held in graveyards during annual Ching Ming festivals because he felt it conflicted with his Christian beliefs.</p>
<p>&quot;I considered myself a Christian, and we don't bow down to idols. I thought it was religious to have to bow, so I stayed away from it,&quot; Au said, referring to the custom of bowing three times before the headstone and making offerings.</p>
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For years James Au refrained from taking part in a Chinese ancestor veneration ritual held in graveyards during annual Ching Ming festivals because he felt it conflicted with his Christian beliefs.

"I considered myself a Christian, and we don't bow down to idols. I thought it was religious to have to bow, so I stayed away from it," Au said, referring to the custom of bowing three times before the headstone and making offerings. Login for more...



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