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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Etiquette Of Using An Umbrella
There is much
etiquette in using an umbrella in Chinese culture. This type of practice is
long scorned off by the younger generations, so I thought I will do the old
Chinese custom a favor and list down some of the unwritten rules:
umbrella is used in conjunction with raw rice on wedding day to ward off evils.
The raw rice represents the armies of gods to chase away evil entities that may
harm the newlyweds.
black umbrella is used in soul retrieval ritual. The Chinese believe that lost
souls cannot cross rivers, seas, bridges or even state boundaries. So if a person
died in a foreign land, and his soul is to be brought back to its homeland;
then a black umbrella is used to house the soul until it reaches its
black umbrella is used during a funeral service is to give shelter to the
deceased soul from the sun light and rain waters.
of using an umbrella:
of opening an umbrella indoor, especially facing the Southwestern direction
(the earth gate). If anyone do this in the middle of the night would be asking
sharing an umbrella with individual of the same sex as that would only create
confrontation and quarrels amongst friends.
picking an umbrella of unknown origin as that would only invite an unknown
spirit into your house.
or not, breach the custom at your own risks. Ha ha ha :D