Thank you Plas for clearing that up, I was figuring it was another one of the many typos in the China Post that happens daily.
If it is indeed ‘issue paper’, he is also right that if there is some reason to burn it the locals will. I think it is a good tradition on the face of it, however in a city like Taipei that is already filled with smog and pollutants the last thing they need to do is burn stuff.
My solution to the problem, is make the ‘issue paper’ larger denominations, so you burn one your great grandfather is a billionaire, million wishes or a thousand whatever it is to symbolize, eliminating the need to burn piles of it to show respect to your ancestors.
I respect the ways of the culture, and find it fascinating however times are changing and so must the way you show respect to the ancestors.
Case and point in a way, there is not a lot of virgin sacrifices into volcanoes anymore, or is there?