Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
Is it any surprise that India and China have festivals that are somilar in manisfestation?
Compare the Lantern festival to Diwali.
Lanterns for Diwali or the Mid-Autumn Festival?
Compare the Hungry Ghost Festival to Shraadh.
Though there is a time lag of one lunar month the concepts are too similar to ignore that there is a shared root or shared thought between the two.
I do not know enough cultural history to comment further.
But this striking observation needs to be explored further.
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