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Does anyone know what these are? We purchased a used desk a few years ago, and the other day my husband found a sealed envelope taped up under the underside of a drawer. He opened it and found 10 of these things. We showed them to someone from China, and they did not know what they were and said it is not Chinese. Does anybody know what these are, or what language this is?


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whitewood
whitewood

9 years ago

Taoist talismans. Meant as good luck charms, warding off evil stuff etcetera. Do a image search to see more examples.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 9 years ago

Can you think of a reason why someone from China, did not know what they were and said "it is not Chinese"?
Are they "old / minority-language" or similar?

L

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whitewood
whitewood

Answer 9 years ago

Probably because that someone from China has never been exposed to all that magic mumbo jumbo. During the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), religion, superstition (and Confucianism) was frowned upon and mildly put, people were strongly advised not to practice in any of those. Those not from China (Hong Kong, Taiwan) were spared from the cultural depletion.

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 9 years ago

That's a good answer, thanks.

L

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Jack A Lopez
Jack A Lopez

9 years ago

I am pretty sure it says, "Death to the Yankee imperialist pig-dogs". Well, uh..., either that or it says, "Good fortune and long life." It's hard to tell sometimes because the ideograms for those look a lot alike.
;-)