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By Wolfram Eberhard

This certain and authoritative advisor 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 existence are traced lucidly and precisely.`An excellent reference ebook to assist one study and discover extra, whereas at the same time giving higher perception into many different features of chinese language existence ... the main authoritative consultant to chinese language symbolism on hand to the final reader at the present time ... a well-researched, informative and exciting advisor to the treasure trove of chinese language symbols.' - South China Morning publish

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Standards are set even for every woman should have some, it should not be overlong, nor should it be yellowish – as was apparently the case with the hated Empress Wu. Ideals of male beauty have been largely ignored by Chinese aestheticians, both in general and in particular. Remarkable features of certain emperors were praised by comparing them to mythical ancestors: the optimum was to have eyebrows like Yao’s, eyes like Shun’s, a back as straight as Yu’s and shoulders like Tang’s. A-Z 37 It was desirable that a scholar should have feminine traits in his appearance.

The mouth and lips should resemble a cherry, that is to say, small and not protruding; women have always been expected to improve on nature here with the help of make-up. pomegranate. Small, uneven teeth Teeth must be white and even, like the seeds in a are known as ‘rat’s teeth’. Protruding teeth are considered as particularly hideous, and they are compared to the little chips of wood which used to be used instead of toiletpaper. ‘Fragrance’ is a word that crops up a great deal in Chinese descriptions of the odour).

Archery is an ancient art in China. To win a contest, one had to be in possession of ‘perfect virtue’ (de): that is, one had to have achieved a harmonious balance of all inner and outer forces. Bowl pen The bowl is one of the eight Buddhist precious things: it represents the stomach of Buddha. It may also represent the urn into which the bones of the dead are put. the A ‘speaking bowl’ plays a decisive role in helping Bao-gong, judge turned detective, to solve a murder mystery. The play in which this occurs is still frequently staged, and provided the plot for the first film made in China.

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