Saturday, June 5, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (412) Transform - 化

The  shell bone script of character Transform is

The left is an upside down of character Person (Post 37), the right is character Person. Upside down of a person means that he/she is dead, being buried. The standing person is alive. So the two means life and death,  a transform of life.

The bronze script of the character is
The left is normal position of character Person, the right is upside down of Person.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is
The left is character Person, the right is not like upside down of character Person, and any character. But it has a misleading.

The clerical script of the character is
The left is called Person radical which means "It is from person, it means person". The right one is character Dagger. Where does it come from? Just see the right part of small seal script above, we can see the similarity between the right parts of both scripts, which is caused by the misleading of small seal script.

During the character evolution, the earlier the time, the more attention paid to pictography. But later on, small seal script didn't pay much pictography of characters; clerical script did pay 0 attention to pictography. So people not only didn't find the problem, but keep it for two thousands years.

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

Its Pinyin is Hua4.

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