This is a Chinese custom which is common in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and even Malaysia.
The 'small' people here refers to those who tell tales, gossip, spread rumours, ........ do stuff in order to hurt others.
There are several ways I deal with these 'small' people. I would write their names and birth dates on Hell Paper, burn it and send them to Hell!! Hope the King of Hades would send his loyal guards, Cow-head (牛头 ) and Horse-face (马面) to take them away!
Another way to vent my anger is to 'whack the Hell out of them' (打小人 )! You would see this happening often at the temple outside Waterloo Street in Singapore. This is usually done by the older folks.
You buy cut outs of paper dolls and whack them hard with your filthy slippers. As you whack you call out the name of the person intended, cursing and swearing at them and even their family members. When you're done, throw the paper doll into the fire. Send it to Hell. It's a great way to release your pent-up emotions! I sleep better after that. hahaha......
In Hong Kong, you can see people queuing to have their 'small' people whack by professional whackers everyday!
I found this interesting website where you can damn someone to Hell. Be it your irritating colleagues, nosy neighbours, foes ..... send the 'small' people to Hell!!!
It's a fun site actually. President George Bush's name is in it! I've checked some of the posts and not many are vicious or hateful. But when you are mad with someone, you would want to do some silly things. ^-^