Archive for July, 2011

Red Egg Ceremony

Monday, July 25th, 2011

When a baby is one month old,he is given his name during a Red Egg ceremony.

Maps and the stem word

Monday, July 18th, 2011
Announcement From Dr. Mah:

More on Maps (地图dì tú) and the stem word 地dì

– Dr. Adeline Yen Mah

Please note that 地 is a stem word which means land. The character following 地 will determine the meaning of the two words (compound word) placed together. In this case, 图 means picture or drawing or chart. Thus 地图 means land drawing or MAP. There are more than two dozen compound words with 地 as the stem word. Some examples are 地 球 dì qiǔ (land ball = earth), 地 理 dì lǐ (land logic = geography), 地雷 dì léi (land thunder = land mine), 地震 dì zhèn(land shaking = earth-quake), 地下 dì xià(land below = underground), 地 铁 dì tiě (land iron = underground railroad).

Five Elements (Cont’d)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

On old Chinese maps, south was shown at the top and north at the bottom. The fifth direction was the center, where the country of China was placed. China means middle kingdom.

Five Elements

Monday, July 4th, 2011

These colors corresponded to the five elements: fire, water, wood, metal, earth and five directions. In old Chinese maps, south was shown at the top and north at the bottom. The fifth direction was the center, where the country of China was placed. China means middle kingdom.