By Wolfram Eberhard
This exact and authoritative consultant describes greater than four hundred very important chinese language symbols, explaining their esoteric meanings and connections. Their use and improvement in chinese language literature and in chinese language customs and attitudes to lifestyles are traced lucidly and precisely.`An perfect reference publication to aid one study and discover additional, whereas at the same time giving better perception into many different elements of chinese language lifestyles ... the main authoritative advisor to chinese language symbolism on hand to the final reader this present day ... a well-researched, informative and interesting advisor to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning put up
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Another Chinese character pronounced zhong means ‘to bring something off‘, ‘to hit the mark’, ‘to obtain a degree’; hence, a picture showing a bell is to be understood as good wishes in this sense. A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols Betel 40 Betel bin-lang Outside of South-east Asia, the betel tree is found only in South China and in Japan. The kernel is ground down, mixed into a ball with shell lime, and chewed. Long-term chewing makes the teeth black. The juice when spat out looks like blood. Betel-chewing makes the ears hot and the face red: the eyes swim and a giddy sensation like drunkenness is induced – or, at least, so it is claimed in the Chinese texts.
Banner qi Banners were used in war from a very early time. From 1205 onwards Chinggiz Khan used a white banner into which a black moon was inserted. The banners of the government troops are said to have been white, according to another text. The armies led by Zhu Hong-wu, the founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), had red banners; when Zhu was proclaimed Emperor, these were replaced by yellow banners. Emperor. Subsequently, yellow became the colour symbolising the A-Z 29 The Imperial Flag (up to 1912) and the flag of the People’s Republic of China On the Chinese stage, generals carry banners on their backs.
A only because red is the colour which wards off demons, but also because the Chinese word for ‘red’ (hong) sounds the same as the word for ‘enormous’. phoenix’s birthday An interesting folk-tale relates how all the birds came to the party, but the bat did not come, on the grounds that it was not a bird but a quadruped. unicorn was giving its party – Later, however, it also failed to appear when the claiming, this time, that since it had wings and flew, it was not a quadruped but a bird. All the phoenix and the unicorn could do was admire its cunning.