Last week I blogged all about my memorable couple of afternoons with the wonderful Jan E and posted photos of the beautiful and much appreciated gifts she brought for me. I asked if anyone knew about the tiles on that fabulous bracelet and dear “Bony Tony” was kind enough to send me a very thorough and complete description and explanation. Here it is (scroll down past the photos) and much thanks to Tony who possesses a truly amazing wealth of information and knowledge!
Today I just happened to come across this fabulous article from China Daily USA. This article was published in September of 2011 and written by Liu Xiaozhuo. As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t matter if the article is over two years old – an article on Mah Jongg is always timely, right?! The title of the article is, “More Than Just a Game.” Isn’t that what I say on the introduction to my blog?!!! Hurrah!!
Take a look at this beautiful lady playing our favorite game:
This wonderful picture is from the article. She is too cool. Note her jade bracelet; you will see jade in one form or another on a very large percentage of Chinese people – according to Ask.com, “Wearing jade every day has been believed to give the wearer better vitality and health for Chinese people. It is also believed to give good fortune and luck to the person wearing it. This particular stone is also known as ‘the stone of heaven’. ”
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.
Some interesting Mah Jongg hands, courtesy of Wendy Dougan.