Saturday, October 8, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (97) Body - 身

The shell bone script of character Body is


 which is a side view of a person with a big belly. It emphasizes the belly, the most important part of our body. It is a pictography character.

Its bronze script is

Similar to the shell bone script, one extra short horizontal line in the bronze script.

Its big seal script is


which is similar to the shell bone script, but there is a dot in the belly. Some people believe that is a baby in the belly of a pregnant woman; others believe that is a belly button. I prefer the latter.



The small seal script is


It is more bent lines, some similarity but less pictography.  It is like a very fitness body.



Its clerical script is


which is even far from original pictography.

Its current standard printing script is


same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Shen1".

The character 身 is for normal body, not pregnant lady's body even thought its big seal script is like the pregnant body. There is a character 孕 (Post 145) is the specific character for pregnant.


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