According to the Vietnamese tradition of “remember the source of water when drinking it”, ancestor worship should be done respectfully and seriously. Therefore, the article below will tell you the most accurate way to set up a family altar to ensure peace, good fortune and tranquility in your family.
How to Make the Most Accurate Ancestral Altar Tablet
Sample ancestral altar tablets on Buddhist objects
How to choose tablet material and size
When choosing material and size ancestor altar tablet, you should consider cultural, traditional and spatial factors in your family. Here are some guidelines to help you choose the right material and size:
- Ancestor altar tablets can be made from wood or bronze…the choice of tablet material depends on the needs of the homeowner.
- About the Shape of Ancestral Tablets: The shape of ancestral tablets is often chosen to bring good luck and fortune to the homeowner. According to Feng Shui concepts, some common sizes for making a Kitchen God tablet are: height 38 cm – width 17 cm, height 41 cm – width 18 cm, or height 61 cm – width 21 cm…
Contents that should be included in an ancestral altar tablet
The tablet is written in Han Nam from right to left, top to bottom. In the center of the plaque is the name of the person being worshipped, with the role or year of birth and death of that person written on either side.
The role of the deceased is recorded in the middle row. For example, father should be written as “hien kha”, grandfather as “to kha”, great-grandmother as “tang to sister”, and great-grandfather as “gao to kha”. Next, the title, if any, will be entered; This is followed by the full name of the person worshiped, including first name or forename, given name, surname and posthumous name, if any. The year of birth and death of the deceased is usually recorded on both sides of the tablet.
It is a traditional and respectful way to remember one’s ancestors and show the family’s respect for them, creating a sacred and important place in ancestor worship.
Writing on ancestral altar plaque
The tablet requires the digits to meet the following conditions: the sum of the digits is divisible by 4 or when divided by 4 the remainder is 3, the counting order must not contain a remainder of 1 or a remainder of 2. Shaitan – Khok – Linh – Shravan. If the man has to choose the word soul, and the woman has to choose the word hearing.
Pay attention to writing down the worship roles of family members and clans on the ancestral altar. For example, if A is the worshipper, then A will worship 4 generations including parents, grandparents, great-grandfather, great-grandfather and the tablet will also be kept for 4 generations. However, when A dies and A’s child B remains the worshipper, then B is allowed to worship his parents (instead of A), grandparents (instead of his parents), and great-grandfather Instead of ), the great-grandparents’ tablets must be renewed. (instead of great-grandparents). Therefore, it is not recommended to write roles and responsibilities on the new tablet, the worshiper himself knows the role of that tablet.
The tablet is kept by the owner for 5 generations from worshiping at the altar (the five great apricot deities). In the 6th generation, it will be burnt or consecrated in the family temple for community worship.
Things to keep in mind when making ancestral altar tablets
Sample of “Golden painted tablet made of incense wood” on Buddhist objects