With the improvement of people’s living standards, some arrangements for the deceased will be more comprehensive, especially the Chinese pay attention to filial piety. In the filial piety culture, the tomb culture occupies a lot of content, because filial piety is not only for parents, but for grandparents. Great ancestors, great ancestors, etc., all need to be grateful, and respect for these people is also a kind of filial piety.
We can indirectly understand the degree of filial piety of future generations through the stone carvings near the tombstone. It cannot be said that descendants who do not display stone sculptures are not filial, but it is certain that stone sculptures placed next to the tombstone must be very filial. What stone sculptures should I put around?
Stone carving vases: Modern people have slowly abandoned many bad habits. Many cemeteries do not allow the setting of firecrackers and evolution. Therefore, when descendants go to sacrifice and sweep, they often carry a bunch of flowers. Flowers not only have a good meaning in China. In the world, the custom of using flowers to sacrifice and sweep has become a fixed form. People will insert the flowers they have brought into the vase so that the flowers can be stored for a longer period of time. Why not use vases of other materials? Because the stone vase is relatively heavy, it is usually fixed on the side of the tombstone and cannot be taken away. Other vases are often at risk of being stolen or destroyed. In addition, the durability of stone-carved vases is not a problem at all for hundreds of years, and there is less trouble of later maintenance.
Stone-carved candlestick: Candlestick means to light candles, mainly to illuminate the way home for the ancestors. Many places have such a custom. During the seven or forty-nine days of death, a candle must be lit in front of the tomb every seven days, so that the ancestors can find a new home. When the relatives go to the grave, light the candles and the deceased will return. Therefore, the candlestick is a must-have stone sculpture in front of the tombstone. Candlesticks and vases are generally placed on the left and right sides below the tombstone. The vases will be taller and the candlesticks will be shorter, so for the beauty of symmetry, the vases are more outside.
Stone carving incense burner: incense burner, used for burning incense. Needless to say about burning incense, anyone who has been to temples knows that incense was first dedicated to Buddhist gods, because Chinese people widely believed in Buddhism, and slowly, people believed that people who passed away would also like incense. Incense is a merit. , Later generations burn incense for the ancestors to accumulate the merits of the ancestors, which means great good fortune. There is no place for incense in most of the design, so the incense ashes are filled with an incense burner. Generally, the incense burner is located in the middle of the tombstone. This is a stone carving work necessary for people to sacrifice and sweep.
Stone carving table: The table is used to place tributes. There are many tributes in China, ranging from melons and fruits to chickens and ducks, including vegetarian food and meat. All can be used to feed the ancestors, and the altar is used to place these. Of course, modern table tables mostly appear in the shape of table tables. In addition to providing places for eating, table tables can also be used as study desks. The altar table is generally placed in front of the incense burner, and the tombstone and the incense burner are in a straight line.