Saturday, April 28, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (196) Sunset - 暮

We have learnt character Evening in Post (52), now let us learn character Sunset. Basically, they are exchangiable in most cases, I will discuss this in the post.

The shell bone script for character Sunset is

the middle one is Sun, surrounded by 4 Grass. It means that the Sun is low down to the level of the Grass on earth, which is Sunset.

The character is similar to character Vast (Post 189)

The surrounding are 4 grass, but in side is a Dog which is running a great field.

Its small seal script is

similar to its shell bone script.

Its clerical script is
which changed a lot. 

The top
means Sunset. We have "Grass" on the top, the "Sun" in the middle, and the "Big" on the bottom, I guess that means the Sun becomes bigger when sunsetting. It also means "Do not", which I don't know why. It is possible in the sunset, the sky, the earth, the grass are blurry. 

Maybe it has more than one meanings, people add another sun to stand for Sunset, leave the one with one sun to stand for "Do not".

However, someone thinks the reason is that people used two Suns, one top and one bottom to show the movement of the sun during sunset.

The Song typeface is 

similar to the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Mu4.  

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (195) Rich - 富

The shell bone script of character Rich is

a house with a big rice wine jar (Post 473). It means that a person who has a house, and liquor to drink, is rich. Because in ancient time, most people lived in small caves, you must be very rich to build a house. Also people at that time didn't have enough food to eat, only people who were very rich had extra food to make rice wine or other food liquor.

Even today, the expensive liquor may be tens thousands dollars one bottle, which is not for normal people with average income.

The bronze script for this character is

 a house and a rice or other food wine jar, but different shape.

The big seal script for this character is

a house and a rice or other food wine jar in different shape.

The small seal script for this character is

similar to the above scripts, but the jar.changed to three separated parts.

The clerical script

similar to small seal script.

The current song typeface is

similar to its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Fu4.