Sunday, October 20, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (248) Thunder - 雷

The shell bone script for character Thunder is


Both have lightning (Electricity, see Post 247) in the middle, and two 口 in the left one, and two 田 in the right one. The 口 and 田 are big wheels. Ancient Chinese believed that the big sound of thunder was from the big wheel rolling of war-god vehicle in the sky.

The big seal script for character Thunder is
 the middle is lightning because thundering happens with lightning often. There are 4 big wheels of war-god around the lighnting.

The small seal script for character Thunder is


The top


is Rain (Post 8) because the Thunder is always accompanying with raining. The bottom are 3 big wheels. But the lightning disappeared. Ancient Chinese might have thought that the thundering is with raining more than lightning.

The clerical script for character Thunder is
The top is Rain, and the bottom is one wheel (looks like Field).

Its Pinyin is Lei2.

(Other related blogs
Creative Chinese Calligraphy - https://creativechinesecalligraphy.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-beautiy-of-creative-calligraphy-1.html)
Chinese Calligraphy History - https://leweishang.blogspot.com/2016/02/picto-calligraphy-new-way-to-write.html)

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