Friday, May 7, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (389) Enjoy - 享

 The shell bone script of character Enjoy is 


The left is a temple to worship the ancestors, the right one is a multilayer temple for the same purpose. People put food in the temple for the passed away ancestors to enjoy because they believe that the ancestors need food in the nether world.

The bronze script of the character is


Similar to the shell bone script except the rounded bottoms instead of rectangles.

The big seal script of the character is


The top changes a lot but the similarity is still observed. However the bottom changes to an unreasonable vertical line as a base of the temple. Obviously, the small seal creator completely ignored the pictogram of the character.

The clerical script of the character is

The top is only one circle left, which causes the bottom to be misunderstood as character Child of small seal script,


whose clerical script is

So we see the clerical script of the character above, which doesn't meet not only the pictography of the older script, but completely mis-understanding of the meaning of the character.

The song typeface of the character is

Same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Xiang3.

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