- Hardcover: 1 pages
- Publisher: Viking/Allen Lane; First Edition edition (1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670856401
- ISBN-13: 978-0670856404
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Fortune Teller's Mah Jongg Hardcover – 1994
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ased on the traditional Chinese oracle: The Fortune Teller's Mah Jong is a simple and amusing way to make predictions about the future. includes four decks of 34 cards and eight Guardian cards, plus 3 spare blank cards, illustrated 112 page paperback. The accompanying book explains the symbolism of every card and gives instructions on how to use the oracle, including twelve sample readings to show you how to get started. The original oracle, from which the Mah Jongg game evolved, is thousands of years old, but its wisdom is still relevant to our lives today. Now you can use this wisdom to solve your daily dilemmas.
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The book itself is very readable. Slightly less than 1/4 of it goes over history, symbolism, and the basics of a reading (i.e. the card spread). Each card is given a page of description/meaning often with a note regarding added meanings should it come up in a spread that it naturally aligns with in meanings. The last quarter of the book covers a dozen of real readings. Each case goes over the querrents questions and how the placement of cards combines for more in depth gleening.
I'm not sure if anyone can say enough about the lovely cards. They are rather small compared to other divination deck, but obviously larger than a mah jongg tile. About 3.5 by 1.75 inches (9 by 4.5 if you use metric). The card stock has been treated with a very light surfacting to aid in their handling. The only thing that one could wish for is that the card stock had been heavier, thicker. I worry about how wear and tear will affect them over time. Once you stack the cards in a deck, it's nearly as tall as the cards are wide since there are 144 of them.
And I simply love the illustration! They are so evocative of the cards name, such as duck, carp, tortoise, willow. They do not depart from what you expect of age chinese art, either in the landscapes, trees, or people garbed in historical wear. All the flavor of china is there. A small key is on the right of every card with thier number, the original tile, the chinese character, and page number if you need to check the book. There are 3 blank cards included as well for creating a replacement if a couple get lost.
If you have any interest (be it curiosity or your interest in divination) you should order now that you've found it. Otherwise you will be like me and regret missing the chance and hunting it down at a later date
Mah jongg and this particular issue has very fond memories
of my sister Maureen who read the cards with amazing accuracy
This book, for me, celebrates her memory and Im happy to
have a copy in my possession
if .some one knows- the answer-(-Can I shuffle the mahjong 144 cards and read for my self )-same as similar as the diviner
and get accurate result.
My best regards,
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