In ancient times, the Chinese
consulting a fortune-teller for both important and mundane
matters. For example, a Chinese might have wanted to know if he
successful in his business. Or, he might have wanted to know if
pass the imperial
examinations, have children,
be cured of an illness,
In old China, fortune-tellers mainly relied on the following methods to
foretell the future:
The fortune-teller would first light incense and candles and place them
in front of a picture of an old man whom they considered a deity of
this kind of divination. He would then put three cash coins into
a tortoise shell, shake
them and spill them out onto a plate.
After observing how many of the coins were reverse side up he would
then use the coins to rap on the tortoise shell.
The process of shaking the coins in the tortoise shell, spilling them
out, observing the number of coins reverse side up, and then rapping on
the tortoise shell was repeated three times.
The fortune-teller would then use a complicated set of rules and
compare the position of the coins with the five elements and the bagua to make his prognostication.
Of the six methods of fortune-telling mentioned above, the literary
class of Chinese considered this method to be the most orthodox and