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10. I-Ching

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CHINESE TABOOS

Like any other race the Chinese has their fair share of taboos, some of them are related to the language and culture.

 

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Death is a taboo which is not to be discussed in “joyous” occasions such as Chinese New Year, weddings or birthdays.

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The number “four” phonetically sounds so much like “death” , that the number four, fourteen, forty-four, etc, are avoided as far as possible. Given a choice a Chinese would not buy house No. 4 of a given street.

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In the company of fishermen, do not turn the fish over. It symbolises boats capsized.

 

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Never buy a clock as a present for any Chinese friend. The word “clock” , has similar sound with the “end” . Giving a clock as a gift [song zhong] sounds like being present at the bedside when a person takes his last breath.

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Never buy a green hat for any male married friend, as wearing a green hat has the same meaning that his wife commits adultery.

 

More information could be found in Chapter seven of the book

 

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