Common Chinese Superstitions

Chinese superstitions still rule the hearts and minds of the majority of the Chinese people. They appear so westernized and modernized at first glance, but still, many of their larger decisions, they will seek help from a soothsayer, choose auspicious numbers, or hire a feng shui expert for their opinion.

My Chinese husband opened a factory in Guangzhou. In 3 years, he had never exhibited any form of religious beliefs, but before opening his factory, he hired the best fung shui expert he could find to help him with the layout and design - all of which was very important as to whether or not money would flow in our out of his business. Prayers and offerings were made to Cai Shen, the Money God to bring good fortune and protection to his business. It was funny for me when he told me that the tables had to be positioned horizontally in front of the windows to stop the money from flowing in the front door, sliding down the tables and directly out the windows on the back wall!

Superstition surrounds crows and bats - although in some areas of China - bats represent happiness.

Even eating habits can be surrounded by superstition. In Hainan province, when you eat a whole fish, it is unlucky to turn the fish carcass over to eat the meat on the underside of the fish. Eating dog - especially in the winter time - is supposed to make a man more virile. And then there are those who believe in drinking liquor that has a snake marinating in the bottle - and this is supposed to improve a man's sex life - if they have the nerve to drink it!

And there are Chinese superstitions surrounding the positioning of chopsticks in your rice! If you stand your chopsticks straight up in the middle of a bowl of rice, you'll get a lot of nasty glares from those at the table with you! Chopsticks standing straight up represents death. At a Chinese wake, rice will be offered to the one who passed away and to the gods. The chopsticks will stand straight up in the bowl of rice. Some say that this represents a headstone.

Check below for Chinese superstitions surrounding funerals and how after 3 years, graves are dug up, bones put in jar and transferred to new location.

In this section, we will further explore the common superstitions still alive and well in China.

Chinese Lucky Numbers and Unlucky Numbers

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Spirit Walls
Ghosts
Door Gods
Kitchen Gods
Pointing
Funerals
Raised Thresholds
Moon Doors
Zig Zag Bridges
Holes in Building so spirit dragon can move thru
Fish
Young Children playing
3 gods of wealth, happiness, longevity

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