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Tung shing is a fortune telling almanac book published in Guangzhoumarker, Chinamarker and Hong Kongmarker. It consists primarily of a calendar based on the Chinese lunar year.

History

Tung shing originated from Wong lik (黃曆, the yellow calendar), which is rumoured to have been founded by Huang Di. It has changed its form numerous times throughout the years during all the dynasties; the latest version was said to have been edited by the Qing dynastymarker and was called Tung Shu (通書) between civilians.

Tung stands for All, Shu stands for book, so Tung Shu literally means A book that knows all. However, in Cantonese, the pronunciation of the word for book is a homophone of resembles the word for defeated, and so Tung Shu sounds like All defeated (通輸).

Therefore the name is changed to Tung shing, which means All won (通勝)."T'ung" literally is 'a myriad'; an explanation for substituting "shing" for "shu", is that "sing" (meaning 'good luck') is able to bring 'Good Luck in Everything' (Palmer 1986, p. 9).

Contents

Most of the contents of the book deals with what is suitable to do on each day. Some Chinese families still follow these days for wedding ceremonies, funerals, etc.

The most common use of the Tung shu is in choosing a wedding date. The Tong Shu contains information on the auspicious and inauspicious days for weddings and/or engagements. In addition, it provides the auspicous timing in which to carry out such activities.

Tung shing also provide a conversion of years and date between the lunar year and the common year. In more detailed versions, the calendar will list eclipses (both solar and lunar), the start of each season, and days when it will be cold or hot. It also teaches ethics and values through stories.

More recent versions even include English definitions and pronunciations written with Cantonese characters.

Other specialties

  • Interpret one's fate
  • Measure one's soul weight (requires Four Pillars of Destiny)
  • Face reading and palm reading charts
  • "For many centuries the T'ung Shu was known as the Farmers' Almanac, and most of its practical information was geared to weather, crops, sowing, harvesting and so forth." (Palmer 1986, p. 10)


References

  • Martin Palmer : T’ung Shu : the Ancient Chinese Almanac. Shambhala, Boston, 1986.
  • http://www.angelfire.com/magic/tungshing/main.htm
  • http://www.absolutelyfengshui.com/others/tong-sing-tung-shu.php list of chapters


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