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Myth Buster 39: The Number Four Brings Death!

Published December 14, 2015 by jptan2012

Today, allow me to talk about a very popular Chinese belief that the number four (4) causes death.

A lot of Chinese believes that the number 4 brings death; this belief is so strong that a lot of buildings don’t have the 4th floor. So from 3rd floor it skips to 5th floor, totally taking out the fourth floor. Likewise, they won’t have the fourteenth (14th) floor, twenty-fourth (24th) floor and so on.

Is there truth to this? Well, unlike with other Myth Busters that I have written, the answer to this is quite not straight forward because strictly speaking there is no truth to this, but sometimes this can be true. Before you get confuse, please allow me to explain.

fourth floor

Don’t be surprised not to see the 4th floor botton in an elevator. Because a lot of Chinese – owned building purposely take out the 4th floor and skips to 5th floor for fear that havng a 4th floor brings death to the occupant of that particular floor.

If you look at the Feng Shui flying star, the number four (#4) flying star is the romance and literary star. Meaning it is the star that brings romance luck and literary luck or education luck. So strictly speaking base on the flying star formula of Feng Shui there is no truth to the belief that number 4 brings death.

In Buddhism and Taoism, there is real significance of the number 4. The only closest thing that I can think of that signifies the number four is the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism, which are Kuan Yin Bodhisattva also known as Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva or Chenrezig Bodhisattva, Earth Store Bodhisattva also known Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, and Manjushri Bodhisattva. Obviously, they have nothing to do with bringing bad luck or death.

So where this did belief comes from? And why can’t I categorically say that there is no truth to this belief?

I have written, more than once, the story about Mao Zedong’s fake Feng Shui experts. They are the ones who propagated the belief that the North is always the worst part of the house. I have written about this in the following posts:

It is also at the same time that the belief that the number 4 in an address or a building (as one of the floors) is bad luck. Why? As mentioned before, Mao Zedong and those that followed didn’t want the people to practice Feng Shui for fear that it might be used to the disadvantage of those in the government. So what they did is that they prohibited all Feng Shui masters to practice Feng Shui. Several of them were in captured and brought to labor camps for ‘reeducation’. And because the public can’t be stopped from wanting to practice Feng Shui, the Chinese government released their own fake Feng Shui masters and that brought out a lot of simplistic Feng Shui principles that are totally baseless. One of which is that the North being the worst side, and number 4 or having a 4th floor is really bad because four in Chinese Mandarin and Han Chinese, which is the dominant ethnic group, sounds like or sounds very similar to the word death.

But does this carry some truth? Direct answer is no. Nevertheless, this belief became so ingrained in people’s mind that sometimes by sheer of strong belief and power of the believing mind, death does occur.

So how does one counteract this? Simple, simple know that there is no truth to this.

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Myth Buster 38: Three Persons On A Picture Will Lead to the Death of the Person in the Middle!

Published November 25, 2015 by jptan2012

There is a very common belief amongst Filipino and Filipino – Chinese here in the Philippines that you should not have your picture taken in 3s because this will lead to the death of the person in the middle.

Is there truth to this? What started this belief?

For the first question, base on Buddhism, Taoism and Feng Shui beliefs there is absolutely no truth to this. Simply put this belief has no basis whatsoever.

So what started this belief? Well, I’m not sure but if I were to believe what my father’s Feng Shui consultant said when I was still a young boy, this belief started for mundane reasons.

According to him, this belief simply started out of jealousy. Normally the third person in the picture is the third wheel, somebody who doesn’t really belong with the couple and who wanted to be part of the picture. Since pictures are pretty expensive in those days, and some couples simply want their picture taken, to get rid of the third person they will say that one of the people in the picture will die. Then people started taking this as the truth and somehow it evolved to being the person in the middle.

Anyway, there is no truth to this belief.

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Myth Buster 37: Bite A Tree or A Faucet When You Dream that Someone Died!

Published November 16, 2015 by jptan2012

One day when I got to one of my favorite coffee shop I was heartily welcomed by one of the employee. She knows me quite well because she sees me a lot in that particular coffee shop and have often strike a conversation with me. She also started reading my blog when she found out that I blog about Feng Shui. She has always been cheerful when she sees me but this day was extra ordinary and I was further surprised when she quipped that she needs and practically demanded and somewhat beg that the Vajrapani Ruel be made available for her.

She furthered explained that she has been waiting for me for 4 days, and have been praying that I come to the shop. I asked her why she was so frantic to see me, and that’s when I learned the whole story.dream death dying

TK, is a 39 – year – old manager of my favorite coffee shop, and I also know that she is a wife and a mother to a teenage son, however, what I didn’t know until then is that when she got pregnant with her son she had some complications and that she will not be able to conceive again. She also told me that a few nights before she dreamt that her 12 – year – old died and was fetch by her deceased father. The dream was really short and she can’t even describe the surroundings and the nature of the death, all she was sure of is that her son died, and her son’s maternal grandfather, her father came to pick him up. And that is why she has decided that she really needs the Vajrapani Ruel to help save her son. She also clarified that she and her husband has tried to prevent that dream from happening by listening to what their elders told them that they should bite into a tree or a faucet. This is a popular Filipino belief, but since they are not sure, which one they should bite into, they said to bite both, but just to be sure she still want the Vajrapani Ruel. More than that she said she also has prohibited her son from going out without any company. Now, if she hadn’t been so serious and really worried that simply telling me her dream is making her cry, I would have laugh!

Why? Well, I can assure you I’m not being cruel but for those of you who have been reading my blog might remember a previous Myth Buster post entitled – MYTH BUSTER 23: DREAMS ARE THE OPPOSITE OF REALITY – DREAMING OF A POT OF GOLD!

TK’s case is no different. As I said in that particular post there is a popular misconception that dreams are the opposite of reality, and I quote myself on that particular post: “Now I would like to address here the myth that all dreams are opposite of the reality. For example, a lot of people believe that you dream of laughing that would mean there is sadness. Or if you dream of wealth you’ll have a problem. That is a big myth. There is no truth to it. Dreams are seldom interpreted that way. There is no clear-cut way of interpreting dreams. So don’t believe that it is always the opposite of truth.”

However, having said that, dreams should also not always be interpreted as prophetic. And I would like to clarify myself here; dreams can be prophetic, but even that prophetic one more often than not they are also symbolic.

It was pretty obvious that TK’s dream about his son is quite symbolic and that death here does not mean that her son is going to dye, but that her son’s old self is dying. What about TK’s deceased father picking him up? Well, the way I see it her son is maturing already and he is starting to show personalities, mannerisms, or attitudes that are quite similar to TK’s father.

After assuring TK that nothing bad is happening to her son and that she doesn’t need the Vajrapani Ruel, I told her of my interpretation of her dream. And she laugh because she said her husband has been telling her that their son at age 12 is staring to be mature and that indeed he is showing some personality traits that is very similar to his maternal grandfather.

So the next time you dream of something bad, don’t panic, keep calm and try to analyze its symbolic side. Really it’s the dreamer who can usually explain it, and while I may have help lead TK with the interpretation, she was the one who really was able to concretize everything.

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Myth Buster 36: Halloween Displays Are Fun and Perfectly Harmless!

Published October 30, 2015 by jptan2012

kids-halloween-costumes-from-aldiWhen I was still a young child, Halloween is a very scary season, because we were told that souls of the dead are out and will visit their relatives unless we visit them in their grave. But things have change, Halloween is no longer scary, in fact, to some extent it has become a reason to celebrate. There are a lot of Halloween costume parties and a lot event. For kids, this is a season and an excuse for them to eat the candies they get from trick or treating.

While I agree that we should take out the scary part in the Halloween, wearing scary costumes and displaying scary images is bad Feng Shui. I’m not saying that one should not have fun and put on a costume or scary displays, however, one should be careful about choosing the costume or images that one put on display. I suggest using images of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Snow White for your costume inspirations. For the house you can have a happy Halloween by putting on images of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Why? Because any images that you use creates good or bad Feng Shui for a person. Naturally putting on a scary image will create bad Feng Shui.

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Myth Buster 35: Elevators Are Jaws That Eats Good Luck!

Published October 24, 2015 by jptan2012

elevatorThere is a very popular belief amongst Feng Shui believers in the Western world, especially America and Europe that elevators or lifts, as they are called in Europe, are jaws that eats good luck.

Is there truth to this?

I really don’t know where this belief started but I noticed that the only people who ask me about this are people who are from the US and Europe, mostly Europe. There is no truth to this, and as I said I really don’t know where this belief started but I can only theorized as to how this belief started.

There is a Chinese and Feng Shui belief that even before you enter a room, once the door is open, your chi enters it first. This is the explanation why sometimes people start to feel your presence even if their back is the one facing the door. It is because the mere intention of entering a room, your chi or consciousness will have traveled ahead of you or at the very least expanded to the said room.

When it comes to elevators, the same theory applies. Once your thought has made the decision to take the elevator, your chi or consciousness will have expanded or traveled ahead of you. I think, and I’m just making a presumption here, some Feng Shui believe heard this, and shared it with somebody, and then as it get transmitted, consciousness or chi became luck. And if you don’t enter the elevator or lift they would think that the elevator has eaten your luck.

Again this is not true, because once you have made the decision not to go through, your consciousness would have simply shrink bank to its normal size or it would have simply go back to you.

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Myth Buster 34: A Red Gate is Very Auspicious

Published October 23, 2015 by jptan2012

red doorThere is a pervasive belief amongst Chinese and/or Feng Shui enthusiasts that a red gate or door is very auspicious, this is because red is normally considered as a vey lucky yang color.

However, this is just a myth. While it’s true that sometimes a red gate or red door is very auspicious, it’s not always the case, you have to look at the direction of the gate and consider the birthdate of the person living there or at the very least the head of the family.red gate

Again, this belief started in China when Mao Zedong released fake Feng Shui experts to appease some of the citizens. He wants to stop Feng Shui because he is afraid that people might use it to topple him, but totally taking it out should be more detrimental for him because people will seek out the Feng Shui masters, so what he did is released fake Feng Shui experts so that they can give wrong generalize information.

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Myth Buster 33: A Branch of Wood From A Tree Where Bats Lived Will Give You Good Luck!

Published October 10, 2015 by jptan2012

I know that Westerners and some Eastern countries where there is a strong influence of Western beliefs believe that a bat is a sign of a bad omen. In fact, this was one of my very first topics in my Myth Buster series.

Today, I would like to address a belief that since bat are a sign of good luck having a branch of wood where some bats lived will give you some good luck.

Is there truth to this? The direct and clear answer is no. This may be true is for example, a bat is a holy object or being. But they are not, they are mere symbols or sign of an impending good luck but they don’t carry any intrinsic luck themselves. So a branch of wood from a tree where some bats had lives remains to be plain and simple a branch of wood.

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