hell money

Hell Bank note for hungry ghosts. Red, green and white on one side and black and white on the other. Black and white side has English text. 5000000 dollar denomination. Serial number reads 5553139.

burnt at the Hungry Ghosts festival when offerings of food and other necessities are made to the spirits of those who are deceased but have no grave.

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