Hell Scrolls, a popular art form disdained by Chinese intellectuals and rarely preserved after their use, are now valuable historic artifacts and records of folk art and religion. The two rare and beautiful sets of scrolls illustrated here depict the ten stages or courts, each ruled by a king, in which the souls of the deceased atone for transgressions during life, then pass on to reincarnation. Such scrolls were used in protracted funeral ceremonies to chart the progress of the soul, thus reassuring anxious relatives when the shade had cleared the tenth and final court.
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Book Description Artist Publishing Co., Taipei, Taiwan, 1990. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Lower corner of spine is slightly dented; upper corner of spine is moderately dented, causing a trivial warp in the upper left corner of the book. Trivial edge wear to the wrappers. Otherwise this is a clean, tight copy. English and Chinese text. Bookseller Inventory # K0233