#14 – Nine in One (Cont’d)

English Excerpt:

Page 4

Second paragraph

Scholar Wang Fú during the Han Dynasty wrote that the dragon had the characteristics of nine different animals. It had the horns of a deer, the head of a camel, the eyes of a demon, belly of a clam, the scales of a carp, the claws of an eagle, the soles of a tiger and the ears of a cow.

Chinese Translation:

Page 4 第dì 四 sì 页yè

Second paragraph 第 dì 二er̀ 段 duaǹ

Scholar 王 Wanǵ 符 Fú 王府 during the Han Dynasty 汉 朝 wrote 写 that the dragon 龙 had the characteristics of nine 九 different animals (动 物). It 它 had the horns of a deer (鹿 lù), the head (头 toú) of a camel, the eyes (眼 睛 yaň jinḡ) of a demon (魔 鬼 mó guǐ), belly (肚子 dù zǐ) of a clam (蛤 gé), the scales (鳞 片 liń piaǹ) of a carp (鲤 lǐ鱼 yú), the claws (爪 zhuǎ) of an eagle (鷹 yinḡ), the soles of a tiger (虎 hǔ) and the ears (耳eř 朵duo) of a cow (牛 niú).


Vocabulary

1. Second paragraph = 第 dì 二er̀ 段 duaǹ

第 dì 二er̀ = Second

段 duaǹ = paragraph

2. Wang Fu = 王 Wanǵ 符 Fú


Name of scholar during Han Dynasty who wrote about dragons.

王 Wanǵ = Common surname. Also means king, prince or grand, great.

符 Fú = symbol

3. Deer = 鹿 lù

4. Head = 头 toú


Also means hair, hair-style, top, end, chief, leading, first

5. Belly = 肚子 dù zǐ


Also means stomach or tripe.

6. Clam = 蛤 gé

7. Carp = 鲤 lǐ 鱼 yú

Note the left half of 鲤 is the radical 鱼 yú which means fish.

8. Tiger = 虎 hǔ

9. Ears = 耳 eř 朵 duo

10. Cow = 牛 niú