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Kevin Kaspar 2-15-2016 HUM 125 D010 Different Auspicious Things in Cultures. People define what things are auspicious based on what knowledge they learned from their ancestors. China has many different auspicious things that don’t really seem like they would be auspicious, such as a dragon. If China and America have different beliefs about what is good luck and what is bad luck, what do other cultures believe? As I researched what makes things have good luck or bad luck in China, I was amazed about the many things that were good and bad luck and asked myself, “If China have this many things that are auspicious, what do different religions and cultures believe are auspicious?” My research started with what the Chinese believe to be auspicious at the beginning. I was able to learn not just items being lucky, but also numbers, symbols, and what I refer to as “sacred beasts.” The interesting thing I learned was that the Chinese culture believes that the numbers 6, 8, and 9 lucky because they sound similar to words that have positive meaning, like 8 in Chinese means which sounds similar to meaning wealth. Four is seen as an unlucky number because the words for “death” (S , ǐ ) and “four” (Sì, ) sound the same. At first I wasn’t
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