Photo courtesy of Scott Larson.
In Chinese culture, the number 4 is considered unlucky because it sounds like ‘death’. Maybe that’s why they put it as 5 instead of 4.
Fore more info, look up “tetraphobia” in Wikipedia.
The fifth ingredient is love.
The fifth spice is river powder extracted from the cow river
and then their kids kick our kids asses on the math exams!
The name 五香 is the name of a triditional Chinese mixture of spices. My family uses it for years. It could contain more than five ingredient or less, depends on different area.
五 (Five) just means “a lot.” It has nothing to do with the fear of four.
香 could translate to spice, taste, or smell.
粉 means powder.
Here’s the link for 五香粉 in wiki:
Ancient Chinese secret, eh.
The fifth ingredient is lead, duh!
Once past its “best before” we realise the extra ingredient is “old spice”!
I’m so glad that on the ingredients they backed up the idea that it is dried.
The fifth ingredient is people! Dried five spice powder is made of people!
It’s true, the word for “four” and the word for “death” are romanized the same (si); they have different tones, but even so, the number is considered unlucky. It is equally true (tho less known) that the number five (wu) can mean “many.” So, there are two reasons for not using “four”
5th is magic fairy dust.
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