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 e-book to assist one study and discover additional, whereas concurrently giving larger perception into many different points of chinese language existence ... the main authoritative consultant to chinese language symbolism on hand to the final reader this day ... a well-researched, informative and interesting advisor to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning publish
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See also Bodhi, Fat-belly Buddha, Finger-lemon. Footprints of the Buddha on stone, with the emblems of Buddhism A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols Butterfly 58 f hu-die For no better reason than phonetic similarity, the butterfly may symbolise a man in his seventies (die); more frequently and more reasonably, however, it is also the emblem of a lover sipping nectar from the calyx of a flower (a female symbol). In one of the oracle oriole texts we read: ‘The colourful butterfly dances among the flowers, the yellow sings on the willow tree’: here, oriole and willow are female symbols.
It is The banana leaf is regarded as one of the fourteen noteworthy that in China the emphasis is always on the leaves of the plant – never on the fruit, which alone has symbolical value for Europeans (and the Japanese). Banner qi Banners were used in war from a very early time. From 1205 onwards Chinggiz Khan used a white banner into which a black moon was inserted. The banners of the government troops are said to have been white, according to another text. The armies led by Zhu Hong-wu, the founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), had red banners; when Zhu was proclaimed Emperor, these were replaced by yellow banners.
Bamboo wine is spiced with bamboo leaves, bamboo discs were shoots are a delicacy, sometimes used for money, and the Chinese counterpart of the hobby horse has always been made from bamboo (zhuma): it symbolises youth. In addition to its practical uses, the bamboo is a motif in many Chinese poems. ’ The leaves of the bamboo droop because its inside (its ‘heart’) is empty. But an empty heart is equivalent to modesty, so the bamboo symbolises this virtue. On the other hand, the bamboo is evergreen and immutable, and hence a symbol of old age – in addition, it is gaunt like an old man.