Chinese Praying Material Chinese praying material is mostly paper, mostly because the Chinese believe in only one god – Buddha. Thus, they use animal images and animals in prayer as well as in offering sacrifices to their gods JinPaper Malaysia. Paper is easily made into many different shapes and colors to represent spirits of the gods. Joss paper is especially popular as it is easy to fold and shape into a variety of shapes. Many Chinese carry Joss sticks or paper lanterns for protection during inclement weather. Joss candles are a special form of prayer. They are more than candles; they are lanterns with a long wick. Joss candle holders are not solely Chinese but can be found all over Asia. Joss candles are made from a special type of Joss material called “Joss Paper”.
Joss Paper is made from rice paper. Joss paper is also known as Joss stick or Joss cloth. Joss material is made into paper lanterns which can be burned down in fireplaces or placed in homes to keep evil spirits away. Joss Stick candles have been used for thousands of years by Chinese people. Today, these are often used as centerpieces on tables in homes or for Feng Shui decorating. Joss candles can be found all over the world. The Joss material used in Chinese prayer mirrors is special as well. The mirror is used for meditation and visualization. Joss sticks are traditionally held between the thumb and index finger of the left hand. Today, this is done using a traditional Chinese folding prayer pen. In older times, the folded prayer pen was held between the thumb and middle finger of the right hand. Joss Paper has different properties than most other types of paper materials. Joss can be made from a variety of natural materials. Joss paper is strong and durable, but it can be easily bleached. Joss materials are available in Chinese art stores. Joss sticks are often decorated using Chinese characters. These characters represent different ideas, concepts. For example, the character for “love” can represent a person, place or idea. Traditionally, the lover’s initials are written on the Joss stick in script so that he/she will know exactly what their lover is thinking of them while they are together. The materials used in Chinese religious candle decorations are quite unique. Typically, Chinese people use tea lights or candles to decorate the exterior of the candle. However, people who do not want to hold a candle can just use tea light candles in place of the candles. The Joss material used in Chinese prayer mirrors is special as well. The mirror is used to meditate and visualize on the material. Once the visualization is finished, the mirror can be used to wipe the face of the material. Joss sticks and tea lights are usually used to decorate these mirrors.
Paper lanterns are also popular Chinese decorations. The paper lantern is printed on special paper that is very thin. This paper is then wrapped around a metal core. The metal core is then attached to the lantern by sewing. After that, the lantern is made into a candle shape and lit using a wick. Joss paper and Chinese calligraphy are both used to write on the paper. There are special writing utensils made especially for Joss paper. When this type of paper is used, the characters or words are made by hand. After that, the characters are painted on the surface. A skilled artist
usually finishes the art work by adding colorful strokes on the surface. A Joss stick is a special Chinese material used to hold the paper or lantern in place. Joss sticks look like regular prayer sticks except for the fact that they have a metal tip on top. This metal tip makes the Joss stick easy to grip. Usually, Joss sticks are made from wood, but bamboo is also a good option. Chinese materials used for prayer mats are limited only by your creativity. Some materials are combined from all of these materials, while others are unique. What is important is that the Wudan Altar should always be a part of a Chinese spiritual practice, because the Wudan Altar is the doorway to the Buddhist Buddha Way.