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Sacrificing a hen on beginning a journey up river
Title : Sacrificing a hen on beginning a journey up river
Topic : Banister family
Location : Unknown
Date (start) : 1900
Estimated dates : 1900-1920
Nature : B&W Photo
Support image : Paper
Caption on support : Sacrificing a fowl, on starting the voyage up river.
Information data : University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: ba06-024.
A small alter is set up in the prow of the boat, with sticks of incense. After the sacrifice, a few feathers are stuck with blood upon the boat. The safety of the voyage thus guaranteed, the chicken is eaten by the crew by way of celebration.
Keywords : Banister;ritual;rite;boat;sailor;chicken;animal