Wolfram Eberhard's A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: hidden symbols in Chinese PDF

By Wolfram Eberhard

ISBN-10: 0203038770

ISBN-13: 9780203038772

ISBN-10: 0203175514

ISBN-13: 9780203175514

ISBN-10: 0415002281

ISBN-13: 9780415002288

This special and authoritative advisor 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 excellent reference e-book to aid one research and discover extra, whereas concurrently giving higher perception into many different elements of chinese language lifestyles ... the main authoritative advisor to chinese language symbolism on hand to the overall reader at the present time ... a well-researched, informative and pleasing consultant to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning publish

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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. These are richly decorated and their number indicates the size of the armies under the generals’ command. dragon and a red sun or a pearl on a The flag of Imperial China had a five-clawed yellow background.

Similarly, a birthmark on the cheek suggests a counterpart on the breast. A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols 44 Bi-section The round section of jade, whose outer diameter is double the width of the circular heaven. It was formerly part of hole in the middle, is taken to be a simple symbol of the ceremonial apparatus used in earth worship. Some sinologists think that it also had an astronomical purpose. ‘Intact ring’ (wan bi) signifies, inter alia, ‘virginity’. Black hei When Shi Huang-di, the first Emperor of China, had defeated the red Zhou Dynasty he chose black as the colour of his dynasty, since water (associated with black) puts out fire (red).

G. among the Hunza. scholar, who was ‘Blue Faces’: Kui-xing, the god of literature, was originally a frustrated in his ambitions and committed suicide. He is often represented with a blue face. Jian-zhai, one of the demon kings, is also often shown with a blue face and red hair; 49 days after a death, a paper figure of Jian-zhai is folded and set upright at the memorial ghost or a bad character. sacrifice. In many traditions, a man with a blue face is a The word lan is not found in the older literature.

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