Just like people all over the world, people in China traditionally associate luck with various things and numbers. The Chinese zodiac is also related to luck numbers, as well as “feng shui”, a set of principle to the layout of fumiture and the structure of the house. Numbers are, in fact, originally coming from the early hunting practice. People believe that some numbers can bring fortvne and luck. Influenced by religion and the Taoism, the Han people believe that even numbers are lucky numbers. The Han people worship” ten”, the top of even number, which implies “perfect and satisfaction” . People’s love for “ten”can be traced back to the times of Spring and Autumn and Warring States. Today” ten” is often used to sum up the work of a year. In expressions, “thousand” doesn’t mean the exact number, but again it means “a lot”. Similarly, there are many collocated saying with “thousand”, and “thousand” often goes together with “hundred”. In the minds of Chinese people, “zero” is the same as the Arabic number “0”, which means” nothing”.
The Origin of Chinese Numbers
Numbers came into use about 5 000 years ago in China. From “1” to “10”to hundred, thousand, ten thousand, the number system was complete even in Shang Dynasty and the decimal system even started since that lime.
Numbers are, in fact, originally coming from the early hunting practice. The ancients worship numbers as they do to the language, so numbers are always culturally connotative. People believe that some numbers can bring fortune and luck, and some may bring misfortune and even disaster to them. In China, the mystery of numbers has been much influenced by the concept of Yin and Yang. Ancients divide the ten numbers into two groups: the odd numbers are Yang, implying “the Heaven, the mole”; while the even numbers are yin, implying” the Earth, the female”.
Eyen Numbers and Odd Numbers
As a rule in day-to-day life in Chino, it is customary to regard even numbers os being more auspicious than odd numbers. In Chino, traditionally gifts are given as a pari of the celebration for all occasions. Thus, guests will always give even-numbered presents. As the number two, usually suggests germination and harmony, at wedding celebrations, clecoralions are invariably setout in pairs: a pair of red candles, a pair of pillows, and couplets hung on two sides of the hall. Six, pronounced as “liu”, conveys indirectly its homophony’s meaning- Do everything smoothly; and. eight in Chinese has a similar sound to “Fa”, which means to make a fortune. All business men favor this number very much. However four, is tha exception to the even number rule as it sounds like “Si” (death). So when people choose cor license togs, phone numbers, and room numbers, they try to ovoid it.
Chinese Number “one”
The Han People worship “yi” since ancient times. They hold the belief that all things on earth comes from “yi”, becouse “yi”has the similar meaning with “yuan”, “Shi”, “chu” ,meaning ” the source”. The Taoist believes that “One makes two, and two make three, and three make everything on earth. “”yi” sometimes means compiete. For example, “alltha things”, “yi” often goes together with other words expressing “quantity”, but means whole or complete”. For example, with mud all over the body”, lead a poor life the whole lifetime”. Even when “yi” goes with tittle “small” or other words expressing “small amount or little quantily”, “yi” again means “whole, complete”, For example, “not soiled by a speck of dust” ,”not be the least negligent”, etc, According to the latest Chinese dictionary, the collocated expressions beginning with the word “yi” has a list of more than 640 entries.
Chinese Number “Ten”
Today “ten” is often used to sum up the work of a year. For example, “Ten Best Singers of the Year”, “Ten Best National Sport Star of the Year” “Ten Most Important National News in 2004” ,and “Ten Most Important World News in 2004”, etc. When the new China was founded in 1949, there was “a 1 O-year anniversary celebration” for the founding of the nation in 1959, which was” big and grand”. The Han people do things in that way because they like round number and round figure, which in their minds means “perfect and satisfaction”.