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MINIATURE MAH JONGG IN MINNESOTA!

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As I promised, from time to time I will be listing Mah Jongg teachers around the country. Today I want to introduce you to Barbie Cohn Andreason who lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota and is easily accessible to all of you in the Twin Cities area.

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GLORIOUS PUNG CHOW!

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Whenever I pull out one of my Mah Jongg sets, I always ooh and aah and declare that particular set to be my favorite. I feel fortunate that I love all of my sets so much. But, i do think this pyralin Pung Chow set is really and truly my favorite. I love everything about it. Those silver Dragons! Those 1-Bams! The beautiful black backs! Those amazing Dots! The bold Craks! Are you getting the feeling that I am over the moon about this set?

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AN ORACLE’S INTERPRETATION OF CRAKS!

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The suit that we call “Craks” is also known as “Characters.” Tiles in this suit – just like the Bams and the Dots – are numbered from 1 – 9 and are interpreted below from an Oracle’s point of view.

This is the third and final suit of the three suits (Bamboo – or Bams – and Circles – or Dots –  being the others) and is usually known to us as the “signs” suit. Its symbol “Wan” literally means “ten thousand” although it can also be taken to mean any large number or unlimited. The significance of “ten thousand” is taken to mean the entire universe, the entire world, or eternity. The Wan suit therefore represents abstract ideals rather than everyday living.

The Chinese have three different characters to represent “ten thousand”. The classical character that is used represents a scorpion, but since this is a complex character to write, a second abbreviated form is also in use. The third character that is used is the swastika, often used in Buddhist religious texts to represent the “ten thousand things” that symbolize the heart of the Buddha (not quite what it came to represent in Germany’s Third Reich!).

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AN ORACLE’S INTERPRETATION OF DOTS!

The Circles suit  – or, as we call them, the Dots suit – is the original suit of the Mah Jongg tiles; the Bamboo (Bams) and Wan (Craks) suits were added later. The similarity of the circles to coins leads to the belief that the majority of the Circles suit tiles are connected to money or business. Tiles in this suit are numbered from 1- 9 and are described below.

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马年大吉

马年大吉

Mǎ nián dàjí

Best wishes for the Year of the Horse!

AN ORACLE’S INTERPRETATION OF BAMS!

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Here are interpretations of the Bam tiles you would use if looking at the tiles from the position of Oracle (see post from January 29, 2014). Tiles in the Bamboo – or BAM – suit are numbered from 1- 9. The Bamboo suit is considered the first of the three suits (the others being Circles/Dots – and Wan/Craks – TBD as Oracles in later posts).

Bamboo is a very versatile plant used for a vast range of purposes. Its leaves and shoots are used for food, and its stems can be utilized for sewing needles, writing implements, cooking utensils, furniture, house and boat building, etc. The many uses of the Bamboo plant are signified by the virtues of strength, uprightness, integrity, and service.

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