By TTNews Reporter Lin Chiao-Yin
Taipei City, Taiwan –
The throwing divination blocks culture can be seen in every large and small temple throughout Taiwan. The believers throw divination blocks to seek for helps from the gods; sometimes even the temple host will have to decide important matters by throwing divination blocks. Such unique culture has stunned a lot of foreign tourists when they are travelling in Taiwan. Some of them will also want to figure out the meaning of doing this.
Xingtian Temple in Taipei is one of the most representative religious strongholds. It attracts tons of nationwide believers and worldwide travelers to visit this place every single day. Many people come to Xingtian Temple with a doubt inside their heart, wondering how throwing divination blocks could possibly answer or mean anything.
The divination blocks are a pair of half moon-shaped red-painted wooden pieces. Before you seek for help from the gods, you should join your palms and be sincere in your belief and question. When you pray to the god, you should keep your prayer as simple and brief as possible; basically one thing at a time. After praying to the god and identifying yourself clearly with details, such as full name, date of birth, age, address, etc., you should hold for a minute then toss divination blocks on the ground.
Usually the result of tossing divination blocks comes in three: “One up one down”, “Both blocks down” and “Both blocks up”. “One up one down” means “good, okay or yes”. “Both blocks down” indicates “no, cannot and bad”. According to the tradition of Xintian Temple, if the question is related to a serious or important matter, it is not suitable for the prayer to toss divination blocks again in a short period of time.
If you toss “both blocks up”, which is the side with “Xingtian Temple” written on it, it means that you have an odd question, or your question has been answered; no need to ask.
The throwing divination blocks culture has been widely popular for a long while in Taiwan. Each temple has its own traditions and rules. If you want to have a better understanding of how it works, you can make your inquiries at the temple. In addition, there will be volunteers working inside Xingtian Temple every day who can help to answer your questions.
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