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Tung shing () is a fortune telling almanac book published in Guangzhou, China and Hong Kong. It consists primarily of a calendar based on the Chinese lunar year.

History

Tung shing originated from Wong lik (黃曆, the yellow calendar), which is rumoured to have been founded by Huang Di. It has changed its form numerous times throughout the years during all the dynasties; the latest version was said to have been edited by the Qing dynasty and was called Tung Shu (通書) between civilians.

Tung stands for All, Shu stands for book, so Tung Shu literally means A book that knows all. However, in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, the pronunciation of the word for "book" is a homophone of or resembles the word for defeated, and so Tung Shu sounds like All defeated (通輸).

Therefore the name is changed to Tung shing (通勝), which means All won or All victorious. "T'ung" literally is 'a myriad'; an explanation for substituting "shing" for "shu", is that "shing" (meaning 'good luck') is able to bring 'Good Luck in Everything' (Palmer 1986, p. 9).

Contents

Most of the contents of the book deals with what is suitable to do on each day. Some Chinese families still follow these days for wedding ceremonies, funerals, etc.

The most common use of the Tung shu is in choosing a wedding date. The Tong Shu contains information on the auspicious and inauspicious days for weddings and/or engagements. In addition, it provides the...
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