2017 Chinese New Year : Seeking the  fortune for  the Year of Fire Rooster

A woman shaking bamboo cilinder ( Kau Cim ) at Vihara Dhanagun in Bogor Indonesia.

Kau Cim (求籤) – This requires the shaking of a bamboo cylinder, which results in at least one modified incense stick leaving the cylinder. The Chinese characters inscribed on the stick are analyzed by an interpreter. The prediction is short range, as it covers one Chinese calendar year. In the West, this method has been popularized under the trade-name “Chi-Chi sticks.

Kau Cim is a Chinese fortune telling practice of requesting answers from the sacred oracle lot. It is a practice that originated in China and known as Oracle of Guan Yin in Buddhist traditions. It is based on the Book of Changes (I Ching, Yijing). In the USA, a version has been sold since 1915 under the name Chi Chi Sticks.
Kau Cim Bucket is a small bamboo handheld cylinder bucket. Kau Cim Sticks are a number of flat sticks stored in the bucket. Numbers in Chinese characters are inscribed on the stick. They resemble a wide and modified version of incense sticks. This method of fortune telling involves shaking a box full of bamboo sticks numbered 1 to 78 in such a manner that just one number would mysteriously jump out of the box. This number would then be your fortune and an interpreter would read it to you from his book. Here the computer reads it for you.

The fortune begins with “Your luck for today”. If the number is shaken out after sundown, the fortune refers to the following day. You will also receive “Your fortune” and “Important events” that will occur. Before you shake the box, you must think of a “Wish”, and at the end of your fortune you will find out if the wish will come true or not.


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