|Fortune tellers were called upon to determine the most
appropriate time for a wide variety of important life events within the
family, including the best day to open a business, hold a funeral or inter
the dead, or start school. When two families proposed a
marriage arrangement, a necessary step included taking the names of the
prospective bride and groom to the local prognosticator, who would then
determine whether or not the match was auspicious, based on an evaluation
of the characters in the names.