NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉


【親】 Shin, Oya Parent(s)

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The character 親 ‘parent(s)’ shows the custom of ancestor commemoration for the repose of the soul of special deceased, the parents. East Asia has the custom of writing the name of the deceased on a wooden ancestral name tablet. The left part of this character consists of 辛 and 木, with 辛 showing a needle with handle. I was a custom to go into the forest to elect the wood for the coffin or memorial tablet, throwing the needle for electing the wood in what is a kind of divine judgment. The right part 見 is the form of a human being worshipping the soul dwelling in the ancestral tablet in respect and deference. The 目 of 見 is the head of a human being with mainly the eyes and 儿 shows the legs.
This character teaches that in China and in East Asia, in addition to the grave itself, from ancient times on, the souls of ancestors were revered in the form of memorial tablets, thus becoming a spiritual place of support for one’s heart. In ancient China, there were several discussions about the right way of holding funerals among the various schools of thought and philosophy; however, no school ever advocated the abolition of memorial tablets.

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Editoral supervision: Dr. Christoph Schmitz, Researcher of Shirakawa Kanji Science, General and Japanese History of Philosophy and Thought

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