tablet (ritual & belief: cult of the dead)

Ancestor tablet made of wood. Consists of two interlocking pieces of wood, one bearing an inscription in Chinese characters (in black ink); the other has a few characters in red paint. Both set in a rectangular base which is lacquered dark brown. This tablet refers to two ancestors which can be seen from the inscriptions in the central axis. On the right vertical axis is the inscription “民國處士陳公正順老大人神主, mín guó chǔ shì chén gōng zhèng shùn lǎo dà rén shén zhǔ”, which literally means ‘this is my father’s tablet, the lofty Mr. Chén Zhèng-Shùn (陳正順), who died during the period when Kuomintang ruled China’. Next to it, the inscription “民國慈惠陳母黃氏老孺人神主, mín guó cí huì chén mǔ huáng shì lǎo rú rén shén zhǔ” can be translated as: ‘This is my mother’s tablet, the benevolent and virtuous Ms. Chen, maiden name Huang.’ The inscription “奉祀男天澤, 椿, 祿, fèng sì nán tiān zé chūn lù” on the left vertical axis literally means the tablet was offered by the deceaseds’ sons Tiān-Zé, Tiān-Chūn and Tiān- Lù.

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