Sunday, May 3, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (280) Divine or Divination - 卜

The shell bone script for character of Divine or Divination is


a scepter of wizard, probably a tree branch, a special one.

The big seal script for the character is


The small seal script for the character is


The clerical script for the character is


The charter is one of the simplest characters with the fewest stroke. But the divination by a wizard with a scepter was disappeared long time ago, may be two thousands years. We don't know how the ancient Chinese did the divination, but Chinese still have done divined in different ways.

Therefore the character alone has not been used often, however it has been widely used as part of other characters, such as ideogram characters. So it is important to know it before we learn other characters with it.

The pinyin of the character is Bu1.


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