Chinese Shrine
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 46.919 W 117° 48.465
11T E 436095 N 4959049
One of two history signs at the Baker City Chinese Cemetery.
Waymark Code: WM32V8
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/31/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 25

History sign in the Baker City Chinese Cemetery.

Marker Name: 18 Chinese Shrine 90
Marker Text: This Chinese prayer house was used to honor the departing spirits by burning incense and prayer papers. The prayer papers were brown paper with some million little pinholes & pushed through the alter window. In traditional Chinese religion the many holes are believed to deter evel spirits who must pass through all the holes. Be the time they have done so the deceased spirit safely escapes to the after life avoiding being a wandering spirit. Each spring Chinese visited the shrine during Ching Ming Festival to burn incense & put food offerings on the graveas. A wandering spirit let undesirable things happen. The festival date is determined by the Lunar calender & usually occurs during the first of April. Marjorie Fong of Baker City furnished this Chinese History.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: City Government

Marker Type: Roadside

Region: Eastern Oregon

County: Baker

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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