Friday, 29 January 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 多

Today we continue our learning journey with 多, as you can see that 多 is composed of two 夕, what is its meaning then? two moons or two sunsets?

Let us check its evolution history to get more ideas: (image get from )
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 多
From Oracle Script of 多 - , it is clearer that it was created with two (which should be meat. You can review the lesson of 肉 at ). In ancient society, when hunters successfully hunted down an animal, they were supposed to get more share of meat as reward. So eventually Chinese ancestors drew two pieces of meat, which is , to mean more or extra. And it was also extended to mean a lot as well.

As the drawing of  meat -  is quite similar with moon - , it might be a mistake to write it as 夕during Seal Script period.

now it is clear that 多 is actually two piece of meat which means more or extra. And 多 can be used to mean a lot as well.

To end our lesson today, let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 多 inside:

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