Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 伊

Our character today is formed by adding 亻(a person) to 尹, which is 伊. 

As we have known, 尹 is the drawing of "a hand holding scepter". Thus adding 亻 to 尹 is to emphasize the person whose hand holding the scepter. This is the original meaning of 伊.

Comparing to what we just learnt 君 , which is to add 口 to 尹, 君 is more to emphasize the representation of giving order or commanding.

As officers or rulers in ancient China were usually elected because of their reputation and high moral standard, people respect them and sometimes love them, like the famous tribal Emperor , and .

For 君 has been used to represent people with high reputation and moral standard, 伊 is then specifically used to mean people we loved, and eventually only to mean a lovely lady. for example 所谓伊人,在水一方。

We can check its evolution history to understand this character better (image taken from http://vividict.com):
Evolution history of 伊
We now clearly see that our modern 伊 is exactly the same as that of Oracle script: .

That is all for today, it is time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 伊 inside:


Monday, 11 February 2019

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 君

Looking at our new character today 君, it is composed of 尹 and 口. What could be the meaning of 君 then? 

君 is the person who holding the power and giving orders. For example 一国之君, which means the ruler of a kingdom.

As usual we would like to examine its ancient scripts to see if we can get better understanding of this character. (image taken from: http://vividict.com)
Evolution history of 君
 Now we can see from its Oracle script  that it is created with exactly the same components as what we have today: 尹 and 口

In China, especially during the Era of Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Sovereigns_and_Five_Emperors), only people with great moral and kind heart could be elected as the ruler of a kingdom. 君 is so also extended to mean people with great heart. For example 君子.

That is all for 君, let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 君 inside: