Is there anything linked to a Chineses superstition with this double character?

I am "going to" start learning Chinese because I met a lady etc. Her Chat has 木木 (may) her American name. I asked about it - we mostly correspond through google translate.
She said it's 'different'. Then she said it has superstition, and she doesn't know how to explain it to me.

I have googled and googled; all I get trees and wood.

So I ask Stack Exchange... is there anything linked to a Chineses superstition with this double character?

  • "Her Chat has 木木 (may) her American name" Do you mean that her name is 林 or she mentioned about it in chat or she has an american name about it?
    – River
    Commented Apr 30, 2020 at 20:23
  • Yes, the question is not clear. All I can think of is Lincoln, (as in Abraham Lincoln, the president) is transliterated as 林肯, who was assasinated. Other than that, I am not aware of any "superstition" attached to the word 林 per se. Commented May 1, 2020 at 3:32
  • Perhaps "superstition" is too strong a word in this context. Check out this Thread for some insight into the subject. chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/35844/… Commented May 2, 2020 at 3:57

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Thank you for your thoughts. Well turns out it wasn't some Chinese superstition; it was sort of her own; this is how she explained it finally: "There is a superstition in China. People want to know his own destiny and what his life is. For example, some are fire, some are water, and some are wood. This is based on his birth date. People who look at their destiny are called Fortune teller, the fortune teller said that my life is short of wood, so I thought of a name called wood wood, this is superstition This is a kind of superstition in China, similar to a belief In other words, my name is Mumu, which is helpful for my good luck

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    生辰八字 is what this is called.
    – Michaelyus
    Commented May 1, 2020 at 23:32
  • That makes sense now. There are many people named 鑫,森,淼,焱,垚 because of this reason.
    – River
    Commented May 2, 2020 at 3:36

This may be related to the "five elements"(五行).

"Five elements" are Metal(金), Wood(木), Water(水), Fire(火) and soil(土)。

The five elements are an important part of Chinese traditional culture.


Ancient Chinese thinkers tried to use these five substances to explain the origin of everything. They are an important part of Taoist doctrine. Five elements of traditional Chinese medicine to explain various phenomena in physiology and pathology. Superstitious people use five elements to calculate the fate of each other.
-《现代汉语词典》"Modern Chinese Dictionary"

Here is a sentence in great writer Lu Xun(鲁迅)'s article "Motherland"(《故乡》)

... Born in a leap month(闰rùn月), lacked soil(土tǔ)in his five elements, so his father called him Runtu(闰土).


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