“A house that has a staircase that leads directly to the front door is a cursed house.”
My informant first heard about this superstition from her friend Mrs. Jin. Mrs. Jin had been boasting about how she had been able to rent a beautiful house in Irvine for the cheap price of $1100 when it should have been $1700. She told my informant that the owner of the house who rented it to her was a Chinese man. He was aware of the old Chinese superstition that a house with a staircase that runs into the front door is cursed, leading to inevitable death. Mrs. Jin and my informant laughed about that notion because they were at church function at the time, so as Christians they found the superstition preposterous. Eerily, Mrs. Jin that same week went in for a bypass surgery that should have been simple enough, but she died from complications. Now she is uneasy about the superstition.
Mrs. Jin’s death and her renting the “cursed” house could have been a mere coincidence. A front door that connects directly to the staircase can cause uneasiness because good fortune can fly out the door easily, or perhaps death can easily find you since the stairs are a direct pathway to your room. I am a Christian, so I should not pay attention to such superstitions about death, but to be on the safe side, I myself would never live in a house like that, especially after hearing about what happened to Mrs. Jin.