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  foo (upside-down)

 

Thailand

The Chinese character foo (fig.) means ‘good luck’ and when placed upside-down (fig.) as here, it is used to invite good luck to come, since the last two characters of dao guo lai (倒过来), which means ‘upside-down’, are the same (过来) as those used to say ‘to come over or ‘to come up’. It is also often posted upside-down on the front door of a house or an apartment (fig.). It is used much the same as the law of attraction, hoping that by posting it in this way, it will in fact attract good luck.