By Wolfram Eberhard
This precise and authoritative consultant describes greater than four hundred very important 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 excellent reference booklet to assist one research and discover additional, whereas at the same time giving higher perception into many different elements of chinese language lifestyles ... the main authoritative consultant to chinese language symbolism on hand to the final reader at the present time ... a well-researched, informative and wonderful consultant to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning publish
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In the Tai-ping-jing (‘Way of Supreme Peace’), a Taoist work of the 2nd century AD, we find this theme dealt with in a teacher’s answer to disciples who have asked him what, in the long run, is the real use, if any, of A-Z 49 Taoist literature like the Tai-ping-jing: ‘You really are too stupid! Are you really asking whether my Dao can be weighed in some sort of scales? Yes? You are asking me to put a price on all I have told you, all I have done to enlighten you and give you insight into the world of the divine Dao?
Both in China and in Korea the word niao is a term for ‘penis’, and it is often used as an expletive. A-Z 41 ‘White-headed Birds’ and peony Birthday Birthday sheng-ri As far back as the 5th century AD, it was customary among the upper classes to celebrate sons. The new-born child was given a red shirt on the first birthdays, at least those of day of his life, and nine red eggs were sent to the mother’s parents in token of the glad tidings. If the child was a boy, it was up to the father to acquaint his ancestors of the event; in the special ‘Hall of Ancestors’ in the case of rich families, at the domestic altarancestral tablet).
Dove’s eyes’ indicate intelligence and charm: fruit of a ‘mussel-eyes’ or red eyes are regarded as ugly, while blue eyes find no admirers. The nose is compared with the stalk of an onion; a snub nose (known as ‘lion-nose’) does not make a woman attractive, but might bring her luck. The ears should be like tree fungus (mu er), neither too thick nor too thin, and slightly lustrous; a ‘rat-ear’ is too small, and an ‘earth-god-ear’ far too long. The mouth and lips should resemble a cherry, that is to say, small and not protruding; women have always been expected to improve on nature here with the help of make-up.