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Shui Zai: Flood or Inundation

By Cindy Chan
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 31, 2012 Last Updated: November 9, 2012
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The Chinese characters that refer to flood or inundation.

The Chinese characters that refer to flood or inundation.

水災 (pronounced shuǐ zāi) are the Chinese characters that refer to flood or inundation.

The first character, 水, is the pictograph that refers to water. It depicts a main stream in the centre with whirlpools to each side.

The second character, 災, refers to a calamity or a disaster. 災 is composed of two parts: the three lines at the top represent a stream of flowing water, while 火 at the bottom means fire.

災 thus symbolizes river flooding and fire, the two greatest types of disasters that threatened humankind in ancient times.

Nowadays, 災 is written as 灾 in mainland China, which refers to when a house is on fire.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ho-Yan-Kwan/729101370 Ho-Yan Kwan

    Another example where mainland script is murdering the true written script


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