Saturday, May 22, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (403) Occupy - 占

The shell bone script of character Occupy is

 The left one has a trapezoid box which is a big piece of ox bone. The top of inside is character Divine - 卜 (Post 280), the bottom is character Mouth (Post 16). Ancient Chinese carved characters on ox bones and turtle shells, and put them on fire to burn. The wizard explained the cracks on the bone or shell to foretell the good or bad in the upcoming event, because they believed that the cracks are the prophecy from heaven or god. The shell bone script characters are from those discovered ancient ox bones and turtle shells.

So the character original meaning is to foretell good or bad.

The right one omits the bone, just the divine and mouth.

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to the right one of shell bone above.

The clerical script of the character is
Similar to the small seal script.

The song typeface of the character is
Same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Zhan4.

As time past, people didn't do divine long time ago, the character means Occupy, or Seize, which may be from occupying your mind (divine) to physical objects. Right now, the original meaning of divine is almost not exist in the character anymore.

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