Sunday, 31 January 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 王

Today we examine a new Chinese character 王, from its composition, we can see that it is formed with and |. During our lesson of Chinese character 三, we knew that it refers to Heaven, People and Earth. The in middle of 王 connects them. In ancient China, the person who could communicate with Heaven and Earth would be chosen as leader of the tribe.

So 王 originally meant leader of a tribe, and as the society was developing and growing big, 王 was used to mean King of a kingdom eventually.

王 was later used as a Family Name in China as well.

To confirm our observation, let us examine its evolution history: ( screenshot taken from )
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 王
Oracle Script of 王 denoted the same idea clearly as well thatis "an adult man 大, standing on earth with his head touching sky."

Now it is time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 王 inside:
Next lesson we will move on to 皇, can you guess its meaning?

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