Thursday, July 31, 2008

Almost Heaven

This morning, when I asked my taxi driver about the jade pendant in his cab, he told me that it's for good luck and for good health. The driver went on to explain that he's from Chinese descent, and he said that Chinese people believe that jade possesses positive energy. I also asked him about the ring shape and about the jade elephant dangling in the middle. He thinks the elephant will give him energy for his long shifts, but he wasn't sure about the ring shape. I remember reading somewhere that a ring of jade is the Chinese symbol of heaven, so I mentioned that idea to the driver. His response was simply, "No, that's not heaven".