By Wolfram Eberhard
This specific and authoritative advisor describes greater than four hundred vital chinese language symbols, explaining their esoteric meanings and connections. Their use and improvement in chinese language literature and in chinese language customs and attitudes to lifestyles are traced lucidly and precisely.`An perfect reference publication to assist one study and discover additional, whereas at the same time giving larger perception into many different elements of chinese language existence ... the main authoritative advisor to chinese language symbolism on hand to the overall reader at the present time ... a well-researched, informative and exciting consultant to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning publish
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In South China it was customary for a girl, on reaching marriageable age, to invite suitors to present themselves before her balcony on a given day: she then threw down a ball, and the man who caught it became her husband. The favourite day for this ceremony was the 15th day of the 8th month – that is to say, the day of the ‘Mid-autumn Festival’ (a sort of harvest thanksgiving) and also a lunar moon). In many parts of Central China, a red ball was fastened to the roof Festival ( of the litter which bore the bride to the home of her bridegroom.
It may also represent the urn into which the bones of the dead are put. the A ‘speaking bowl’ plays a decisive role in helping Bao-gong, judge turned detective, to solve a murder mystery. The play in which this occurs is still frequently staged, and provided the plot for the first film made in China. Box he The Chinese for ‘box’ – he – is phonetically identical with the word for ‘concord, lotus-leaves (he) hanging out of it, and a sceptre near-by, harmony’. ’ A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols 52 The Chinese ‘Heavenly Twins’ He-he (often followed by er-xian = the two holy ones) were formerly worshipped in Peking on the 19th day of the 1st month.
A South Chinese legend, which is known also in Japan, tells how a bee helps a young man to choose the right bride for himself out of a whole row of beautiful girls. A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols 38 Flowers and a bee: like girls with a young man Bells zhong Bronze bells have been found dating from very early periods of Chinese history. They were originally used, it seems, as musical instruments. In later times they came to be associated with Buddhist temples, where they are mainly used today. In early times, bells used to be consecrated with the blood of a sacrificial animal, and then struck with a wooden staff.