Monday, February 24, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (265) Tribal Chief - 酋

The big seal script for Tribal Chief is
The top 八 alike means Distribute, Divide, Separate, etc. Actually it is a tool of opening the jug.

The bottom means Liquor Jug (Post 104).

The character means that the person who is responsible for distributing liquor among the tribe. Because alcohol liquor was very expensive in the ancient time when people didn't have enough food to eat, so no extra food for making liquor. So only the most powerful man could control the liquor, he could use it by himself or distribute to people among tribe.

The small seal script for Tribal Chief is

which is similar to its big seal script.

The clerical script for the Tribal Chief is

The top is two dots, but still similar to old scripts.

Its Pinyin is Qiu2.

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