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CHINESE EATING CUSTOM

"THE CHINESE WILL NOT PUT CHOPSTICKS IN THEIR BOWLS OF FOOD
BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THAT DOING SO IS A SIGN THAT THE FOOD IS FOR
THE GHOSTS. INSTEAD THEY WILL LAY THEM ON THE SIDE WHICH IS WHY
THEY HAVE SPECIAL CERAMIC DISHES FOR HOLDING EACH PAIR OF
CHOPSTICKS AT THEIR MEALS."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT BELIEVES THAT SUCH BELIEFS AS THIS ONE ARE FOR
TEACHING CHILDREN ETIQUETTE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 02-00-1984

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