January 3, 2016

Sibu Tales : Getting a caged bird to tell fortunes

Photo from Google.

One evening as we passed through the Island Road of Sibu and walked towards the Channel Road, my grandmother decided to stop by the fortune teller who had a bird in a cage. He had a small candle light next to him also,. The flickering light actually attracted people towards him. I found the situation rather eerie. I was then about 7 years old.

Grandma was interested in fortune telling and it did not cost much, perhaps only a dollar. She asked the fortune teller to ask the bird to tell my fortune.

The bird hopped around and then came out to pick a piece of hard board.

Of course I could not read anything in the darkness but the fortune teller seemed to have very good eyesight. He told my grandmother that I could overseas to study and that I was capable of shooting birds from the sky.

Well having said that, he stretched out his hand and my grandmother put a dollar in his palm. Next he gave the bird something to eat. Or did I imagine it in the darkness.

Grandma was happy that my fortune had been told and she told me to study hard.

to this day I remember the incident very clearly but I do treasure my grandmother's concern about my future.

Later as I exchanged my views about foretune telling with my Christian friends, I found out that most grandmothers would secretly do this...perhaps just for some kind of assurance that their grandchildren would do well.

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