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By Wolfram Eberhard

This certain and authoritative consultant describes greater than four hundred vital 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 ebook to assist one study and discover extra, whereas concurrently giving better perception into many different elements of chinese language lifestyles ... the main authoritative advisor to chinese language symbolism on hand to the final reader this day ... a well-researched, informative and enjoyable consultant to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning submit

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On the 5th day of the 5th month, a boat race using long narrow boats is held in South China and in the Ryukyu Islands. It is a fertility ritual: quite often one or another of the participants is drowned, and thus the Water-god, who confers fertility, is not deprived of a sacrificial offering. The government or the local authorities have apparently tried to ban the race, but, at least until very recently, without success. It was the practice of the South Chinese coast and in Taiwan, on certain days of the year, to fashion large boats out of paper and thin boards, which were set on fire and pushed out to sea.

A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols 30 Basket lan A decorated basket of fruit or flowers symbolises Lan Cai-he, one of the Immortals. The contents of the basket represent riches and the motif is eight therefore a popular one in New Year pictures: a young man stands before an older one to whom he presents flowers in a basket. He-he. Here, the A basket or box is also an attribute of one of the Heavenly Twins written character he = basket may be used, which also means ‘agreement’. Bat pian-fu In European folklore the bat is a sinister creature, associated with evil and the powers of darkness.

E. hair that seems to float lightly on the head, is particularly admired. A high brow is also considered beautiful, so many women still pluck their hairline – a process which has to be repeated every two weeks. The face should be egg-shaped, not round: the eyebrows should be lightly curved like the leaves of the willow-tree. According to Li Yu, the most beautiful women come from two cities, Suzhou and Hangzhou, and the women of Hunan province were renowned for their romantic ardour. Good wishes addressed to a man can be expressed in a picture showing three beautiful A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols 36 women, bringing bamboo, a basket with flowers and a basket of fruit as gifts.

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