Joss (god)

Joss (god)

In the European view of Chinese mythology, Joss is a household deity and his cult image, which the Portuguese and other Europeans called an "idol". Joss is not Chinese, but originates from the Portuguese word deos "god". Derived terms include Joss house, a Chinese temple, Joss stick, a paste-covered stick that is burned in a religious context, Joss paper, paper images of property (especially money) that are burned for use in the next world, and Joss candle.
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