Friday, August 19, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (71) Ghost - 鬼

The shell bone script for character Ghost is

a kneeling down person with a big head, which is what ancient Chinese thought a ghost looks like. According to Dictionary of pictography, it is a Wizard who wears a big skull mask in sacrifice, which is like a ghost in people imagination.

Its small seal script is

similar to the shell bone script, but not kneel down with a 厶 on the low right. The 厶 means soft, floating in the air, moving unpredictably, which are ghost's characteristics, ancient Chinese believed.

Its clerical script is

similar to small seal script, but strokes are more stretch out. It is less pictography.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is

Its Pinyin is "Gui3"


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