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Fortune-telling is on the rise in China
AFAR
9/22/2003



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The China Science Association conducted a nationwide survey to determine public opinion on fortune telling and Feng Shui. The results showed that 20% of the populace totally accepts the results of fortune telling and use it to guide their behavior and decisions, and over 40% express that they will pay attention to fortune telling results although they won’t change their daily life because of it.

According to the September 21 Xin Hua Net report, financial outlook, health, and marriage are the three major topics of concern in fortune telling, with 28.4% of those who turn to fortune telling interested in learning about their financial situation. Other major topics are business, career, sensibility, school exams, and travel. Besides the traditional methods of palmistry, facial features, and Chinese character analysis, there are also methods of fortune telling using computers, although most people prefer the traditional methods.

According to the report, people turn to fortune telling for reasons such as: searching for inner comfort, seeking some direction, helping themselves or a family member to avoid calamities, overcoming indecision when faced with a problem or opportunity, and hoping to gain inspiration or spiritual freedom.

Zhou Kai Ning, one of the leaders of this survey, said more and more people seem to be aware of the phenomenon of “Feng Shui.” The survey indicates that 70% of the populace believes that fortune telling “has a certain scientific basis in it” or “should be developed.” The result shows that only 30% of the populace insists that "this should be banned.”

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