Ineffectiveness of using Chinese name strokes to get auspiciousness

Here is a short article that I translated for master Guo that I would like to share:

  立  雲  林  科  技  大  學

漢學應用應用研究所碩士在職專班

碩士論文

Graduate School of Applied Chinese Studies

National Yunlin University of Science & Technology

Master Thesis

 

漢文化民俗應用研究—以農民曆姓名筆劃吉凶分析

Han culture folk custom research – analysis of layman usage of Chinese Name character number of strokes auspiciousness and inauspiciousness.

(英文)(English)

 郭芬鈴

Fengling Kuo

指導教授:吳進安博士

Advisor: Dr.Wu Jin An 

碩 士 論 文 (Master Thesis)

 

(英文)(English)

中華民國一零七年六月

Chinese People’s Republic 107 year, sixth month

摘要Abstract

 

本研究主要探討姓名學的筆劃吉凶對人的影響,以八十一靈動數之內吉數、凶數為主,推論人一生是否存在著窮通壽考之說。

Main research direction is to examine Chinese Name character number of strokes auspiciousness or inauspiciousness affecting people, using the 81 Spirit Formation Numbers, auspiciousness number or inauspiciousness number as the main subject, thoroughly investigate to prove whether there are effects in a person’s destiny.

俗云:「文字有靈力則姓名有威力,其威力則司人之命運也」、「天數難逃」、「名善則榮,名不善則辱」等語……是否如此?  本研究內文所提及筆劃能左右人之命運者,經以古今聞人逾千對照,推論是否為真?此說是否過於迷信?則為本研究動機之始。

Common layman saying: “written words if have spirit power thus person’s name will have authority power, the power can govern a person’s destiny” , “heaven’s will is impossible to escape” , “name virtuous thus prosper, name not virtuous thus disgrace” and similar sayings………………….is it like that?

Can this research into Chinese Name character number of strokes that can affect a person’s destiny,  that since ancient times till now had examined in excess of a thousand well-known figures, be deemed as infallible?  Can this be said to be superstitious?  This has been the motivation of this research.

本研究首先從民俗學、農民曆入手,採擷歷史事實與參酌的相關文獻,對照彼此之間而有發現,隋唐至明清科舉考試,文、武狀元計七百八十七人,其中進士有七千六百九十六人;而狀元、進士當中,筆劃吉者,而觀其表現卻未必是吉,筆畫兇者,其表現未必是凶,可見姓名筆畫作為預測此人表現之評量標準亦將有另一解讀。顯然筆劃之吉凶與表現不盡然如姓名學所稱之情形。

This research, firstly took information from the study of folk customs, farmer’s almanac, gathered reliable historical records and consulted related documentary evidence, checked against each other and found out, from tang dynasty till Ming and Qing dynasty Imperial Examination for Civil and Military officers, counted 787 persons were top Imperial Scholars, from among 7697 successful examination candidates, and among the Imperial Scholars and successful examination candidates, the performance of those with auspicious name strokes may not be auspicious,the performance of those with inauspicious name strokes are not necessarily inauspicious, can see that using Chinese Name character strokes as the standard to predict a person’s performance may have other explanation.  Apparently, Chinese Name character strokes auspiciousness and inauspiciousness and performance is not as what is claimed by the Art of Chinese name Character Strokes.

但狀元、進士當中筆劃有吉凶者,能名列前茅、成績優異,則不乏其人。王侯將相、富可敵國者,筆劃不吉,甚至在在有之,可見在姓名學中的吉凶筆劃數並不是個人成功的必然條件,它應只是偶然條件。本研究乃在證成規範事實,描述現象,歷來姓名學筆劃以論吉凶禍福。

But, the auspicious and inauspicious name strokes among top Imperial Scholars and Successful Examination candidates, those that can come out on top, obtained excellent results, there is no lack of.

Queen, Minister of defence, those that can rival a country, those with inauspicious Name strokes are plenty to be found, thus can see that the Art of Chinese Name character strokes auspicious or inauspicious is not a mandatory condition for a person’success in life, it is only an accidental condition.  This research is only to testify to the normal standard and describe the reality of the (concept of) the Art of Chinese Name character strokes auspiciousness inauspiciousness calamity and fortune.

關鍵字:漢文化、民俗學、民俗應用、農民曆、姓名學

Tagline: Han Culture, Layman studies, Layman usage, farmer’s almanac, Art of Chinese name strokes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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