By Nguyễn Mỹ Hà In the first days of New Year, many people prepare a wish list and check their futures. What does the future hold for me, my family, my love, my career? It is quite popular for young women to seek the advice of a fortune teller, a shaman who tells fortunes with the help of a set of cards, or with some Oriental chart mapping the years from the time of birth. The fortune tellers are rated by the percentage of predicted events that come true. Of course, people want to hear that they are going to get a raise, a promotion, pass an important test or marry someone they love. However, for these things to happen, I believe, you need to work hard or meet and hang out with the right people. And no-one wants to hear about possible accidents or misfortunes. If these things are unavoidable, why bother wasting your time and money in the first place? Today in a modern, yet uncertain world, people tend to cling to myths to explain the inexplicable. There was … [Read more...] about Fortune tellers deal in uncertainty
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Talk Around Town (04-12-2005) Fortune-tellers are not wedding planners by Le Thu Ngan Choosing your wedding day in Viet Nam is a very important unwritten custom that requires many considerations. More than one year ago Mai Phuong, a HCM City girl, felt like dying after hearing her mother's opinion about her planned wedding day. "Your wedding should be organised in November, or one of our family members will die. The fortune-teller says so," said Phuong's mother. Phuong wanted to marry in September because during this time fewer weddings are being organised and so everything is cheaper. However, to her mum, Phuong's reasons for the date were not as important as the sayings of the fortune teller. "Since long ago, the Vietnamese have followed the custom of carefully choosing wedding days. They want to have a good wedding day which will make the new couple happy forever," says philosopher Duong Thi Hoa. So, before every wedding, parents will seek the help of a fortune-teller in choosing … [Read more...] about Fortune-tellers are not wedding planners
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese businessmen, who are very rich and very superstitious, can spend billions of dong and time to hunt for the things they believe would bring good luck to their business. Tens of thousands of dollars on tomb statues A lot of businessmen have been whispering in each others' ears that highly capable feng shui experts believe someone would "talk of the devil and he is sure to appear" if he puts Central Highlands' tomb statues. There was a custom of burying dead people with tomb statues which serve as the safeguards for the tombs. Sometimes relatives of the dead also bury some other things for the dead to use in the afterworld. NTTH, Director of a media company in Tan Binh district in HCM City, has bought two tomb statues from Lam Dong province, taking pride of the products. She said that the couple of statues dating back 100 years ago were worth $8,000. In minds of the Central Highlands' people, tomb statues are considered as the people who … [Read more...] about The tycoons’ pleasures worth fortunes
A traditional Tet market is opening at The Garden Trade Center in My Dinh, Tu Liem District, Hanoi, giving tourists and locals a chance to discover the Tet atmosphere in a rural area. The traditional Tet market also offers craft village products such as Phu Vinh bamboo & rattan handicrafts and Dong Ho paintings and is a place to learn to make traditional products. Other activities such as calligraphy writing, making to he (sculptured figurines fashioned from colored rice dough), dap nieu dat (breaking earthenware pots), throwing darts, fortune tellers and bau cua ca cop (children's game with picture dice), are available. The market opens till February 7. … [Read more...] about A rural feature of Tet in Hanoi
Fortune telling has for centuries been an indispensable part of life in Vietnam. But people don't just want to know about their future for the sake of knowing. It is widely believed in Vietnam that you can actually influence your destiny. The fortune teller's job entails advising clients on how to avoid bad omens and make the most of good ones. This is why it's customary for Vietnamese to consult fortune tellers before important life events, be it choosing a new house, a life partner, wedding dates, when to have a baby, open a business and even funeral dates. The most popular type of horoscope is perhaps tử vi, which foretells your career, wealth, relationships and health based on your sex and the time and place you were born. According to common usage/interpretation of tử vi, one's life is composed of certain pre-defined conditions that can't be changed (it works like privilege) and conditions that could be influenced by the choices we make (something like free … [Read more...] about Should fortune telling in Vietnam become a thing of the past?