In recent years, the proliferation of ceremonial activities on the Internet has become the “new air” of Xue Qingming in China. It is also a suitable trend of digital transformation in social life.
This year, instead of shopping for votive papers and having to take a week off from work to return to Chengdu to visit the grave like in previous years, Ms. Wang’s family (Liaoning, China) gathered around a warm rice tray. worship at home to perform online rituals. This special method, although new, has quickly become popular and accepted by many multi-generational families in China.
“In the past, we all went to the cemetery to worship her, but this year our family decided to conduct online incense offerings at home,” said Ms. Vuong. “Every time we offer incense, we leave a message to the deceased, which is also a way to ease the entanglement in our hearts,” according to Ms. Vuong, the sacrifice of the soul is much more important than the sacrifice. form sacrifices, and anyone can record their pain on the Internet!
From the story of setting up an “online temple”…
The trend of online sacrifices is blooming in China, especially at the time when Xue Qingming, people are affected by the impact of the epidemic, causing a sudden increase in demand. The Chinese government also supports and promotes online sacrifice activities (known as green sacrifices), to mobilize people to give up bad practices, change habits such as burning votive papers… for the purpose promote traditional culture and contribute to social progress.
There are hundreds of online worship platforms in China that are officially operated. Users can use smart TVs, computers, and phones to access and pay respects to their ancestors and remember their loved ones “in a civilized and modern way”. On the platform space, sacrificial items such as incense, candles, fruits, and offerings are provided free of charge.
In addition, the platforms also offer additional paid options such as a luxury car that costs 88 yuan (about 310,000 VND), an exclusive memorial room that costs about 2 million VND a year, and 6.6 million VND. for 10 years. In addition, there are some platforms that also offer additional fee services with private jets, luxury villas, luxury watches, even some feudal and superstitious sacrifices. superstitious.
|Ancestor worship is one of the typical cultural beauties dating back to ancient times.|
However, there are also many funny stories that have happened since these “online temples” became popular and widely used. “A web page opens when I click on that link. Facing my eyes is the scene of green hills with white cranes flying around, with melodious music ringing in my ears. In the distance is a tombstone with candles, flowers, full of golden incense. When I zoomed in, I couldn’t believe it when I saw my picture with my date of birth on that tombstone”, recalling the experience, Truong Luong still feels his scalp is numb.
“Someone must have intentionally faked it and set up an online grave for me,” Zhang said. He was furious when he found out and the “grave” was removed after trying to contact the platform’s management. Truong Luong can be the victim of some harmless prank or can also become the target of those who take advantage of the loopholes of online sacrificial platforms for their own profit.
According to Tran Huc Huy, director of the Internet Information and User Behavior Research Center at the Business School (Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China), there are situations of impersonation or distortion. In recent online ritual activities, it is because there is no specific sanctions.
“Platforms must be managed and regulated business behavior so that people not only feel the convenience but still ensure to experience the solemn atmosphere of sacrifices,” said Truong Bao Nghia, director of the Institute of Social Affairs. sociologist at the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences said.
To the spiritual culture of the technology age
According to statistics from the Department of Internal Affairs of Sichuan Province (China), more than 4,000 online memorial rooms have been recorded with 146,000 times of offering sacrifices, offering incense and leaving messages for the deceased from 42 online platforms during Tet holiday. Thanh Minh 2021. In addition, some platforms have just introduced virtual reality technology application services such as AI customers, voice simulation or cell recognition scanning by VR, so that children and grandchildren can chat with them. grandparents, deceased relatives.
It can be seen that online worship activities are gradually being accepted by users in China. Especially in the context of the raging Covid-19 epidemic, this method will help limit gatherings of people, reduce the burden on society, and contribute to sustainable environmental protection. Of course, it also entails unnecessary consequences and needs to be supplemented with appropriate sanctions.
Meanwhile, online offerings are also quite popular and received mixed opinions during the last Lunar New Year in Vietnam. This is said to be a suitable form for many people to make donations during social distancing or simply cannot arrange work to make offerings directly at worship facilities. In addition, also on the occasion of the New Year 2021, online courses and online prayers for peace were also held for the first time at Phuc Khanh Pagoda, Hanoi.
Although this is an appropriate form, especially when digital transformation has crept into every corner of social life, there are also opinions that this meaningful spiritual activity has been ignored by many people. bad use for profit. Therefore, people “should not make offerings online through unverifiable information sources on the Internet, but should go directly to the website or Facebook page of the temple, or go to the temple to scan the QR”, said a deputy head. President, co-founder of an e-wallet has just implemented a form of donation via QR, said.
Talk to negative people
Korean broadcaster MBC used to bring tears to viewers with two special documentary episodes in 2020 and 2021, sharing the same theme of resurrecting the deceased using virtual reality (VR) technology.