It’s 8pm in Hanoi’s labyrinthine Old Quarter and shop-owner Tran Thu Hien places her last $100 bill on the crackling street-side fire. I’ve watched her burn through thousands of dollars, but it’s still not enough. Hien, crouched over the blaze and dripping with sweat, has exhausted the cash. So she unpacks a box of personal items, pre-prepared for incineration: a gold Rolex, a pair of designer sunglasses, a pack of Cuban cigars and an iPhone X. Finally, Hien turns to a black Toyota Camry. The car is larger so getting the flames to catch is more of a challenge, but after a few careful manoeuvres, it’s ablaze. Smoke drifts into passing traffic, but aside from a few glances, passers-by pay little attention. Hien, 38, isn’t an anarchist. Nor is she unhinged. She’s safeguarding the fortunes of her business and family. The day of my visit, August 15th, is the beginning of the Hungry Ghost Festival, an annual month-long event celebrated by Taoists and Buddhists across East Asia. It takes place during the seventh month of the lunar calendar – usually starting in August – and marks the opening of the gates of hell, when the dead roam free and cause trouble for… Read full this story
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