Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (230) Bathe - 浴

The shell bone script of character Bathe is

The bottom is a bathtub, the top is a person with water drops around him in three different pastures, which is person who is taking a bath.

The big shell script of character bathe is
The left is Water, the right is Valley, taking bath in a river in valley. The character changed completely. No bathtub anymore, no person, but water and valley. The shell bone script reflects the life of rich people who had the bathtub, the big seal script shows the life of ordinary people who didn't have bathtub, so go to river to bathe.

The small seal script of the character is

The left is Water, the right is Valley.

The clerical script of the character is

Its Pinyin is Yu4.

Now, the traditional bathe 浴 is not popular especially in cities. We learnt 沐 in post 229, which means Shower. Chinese now use 沐浴 (Shower-Bathe) together more often than just use single 沐 or single 浴. 沐浴 is a very common two-character word, which means bath with washing both hair and body no matter it is a shower or bathe.

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