Symbolic Meaning in Asian Culture
Symbolic Meaning in Asian Culture
Fish symbolize harmony and marital happiness as many of the fish are seen swimming in pairs.
Fish have been the principal subject in Chinese artwork and sculpture for many millennia, including the fine arts, brush paintings and classical literature. The words for “fish” and “abundance” are pronounced the same in Chinese (鱼,yu) therefore, fish in the Chinese culture has symbolized wealth, since recorded history. Fish also symbolize harmony and marital happiness as many of the fish are seen swimming in pairs.
Fish are more than simply beautiful. They invite wealth, prosperity, and harmonious exchange, especially in business and personal affairs. Throughout the history of Chinese customs, the constant movement of the blissful fish encourages the growth of money, stability, and peace. Symbolically, if you have an abundance of goldfish, you have a double abundance of gold. A gift of the propitious fish is a gift of great fortune.
Chinese Legend has it that a long time ago, in a time before recorded history, a school of koi swam up the Yellow River. All was going well until they reached a waterfall. Many of them grew discouraged and turned back, finding it much easier to simply go with the flow of the river. Yet, one little golden koi stayed on. Straining and leaping, the young koi strove to reach the top of the falls. Again and again, he flung his body into the air, only to fall back into the water, which drew the attention of the local demon who laughed at the efforts of the struggling koi. Adding to his misery, the demon sadistically increased the height of the falls. Still, the koi refused to give up. Undeterred, the koi continued their efforts for one hundred years. At last, with one heroic leap, the koi reached the top of the falls.
The God smiled down in approval and transformed the exhausted koi into a shining golden dragon. He joyfully spends his days chasing pearls of wisdom across the skies of the vast and eternal heavens. Whenever another koi finds the strength and courage to leap up the falls, he or she too becomes a heavenly dragon. The falls have become known as the Dragon’s Gate.
Because of their endurance and perseverance, koi have become symbolic of overcoming adversity and fulfilling one’s destiny. Swimming koi became symbolic of worldly aspiration and advancement. There are reports of koi that have achieved ages of 100-200 years, representing health and longevity. The Chinese idiom "Fish in Water" is a metaphor meaning that people got the person he appeals or the environment he is suitable. It is like "Duck to Water".
One little golden koi has been trying to jump over the waterfall for one hundred years, and finally reached the top of the falls. He became a shining golden dragon.
Peacock is a symbol of beauty, prosperity, royalty, love, compassion, soul and peace.
The peacock, which is the national bird of India, is known for its beauty and grace. It is a symbol of beauty, prosperity, royalty, love, compassion, soul and peace. It is considered sacred in India and China.
In Buddhism peacocks symbolize purity and their feathers are used for Buddhist purification ceremonies. Peacock feathers have been used for healing for tens of thousands of years in every culture throughout time. They are said to carry spiritual healing energy that can be used to assist people seeking balance and harmony in their lives.
In Hinduism the peacock is associated with Lakshmi, who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.
Legend has it that the Dragon King has nine sons, and the youngest is called Pi Xiu (PX). It has a dragon head, a horse body and a unicorn feet. It can fly, looks like a lion and has gray fur. The staple food of Pi Xiu is gold, silver and jewelry. It is naturally shining with brilliance and looks far more handsome than other auspicious animals. It is regarded as a divine accumulator of wealth from all sides without letting anything out.
Like the dragon and the lion, Pi Xiu is also believed to be an animal capable of driving away the evil spirits of a particular place and bringing happiness and good luck. But unlike Chinese unicorn, Pi Xiu is an auspicious animal with a ferocious nature and fierce loyalty in protecting its master. It is considered a house-guarding animal with the ability to ward off evil spirits. That’s why many Chinese people wear jade ornaments shaped like a Pi Xiu.
Chinese Legendary Animal, Pi Xiu (PX)
Chinese Iconic Symbol of Auspicious Clouds (left).Aupicious Cloud Torch for 2008 Beijing Olympics (right).
In China, clouds represent the heavens and also "good luck" because the Chinese word for cloud (yun 云) is pronounced the same as yun (运) meaning "luck" or "fortune". Its form often resembles the auspicious shape of the lingzhi "fungus of immortality". The cloud is a commonly seen design, which is often seen on costume, jade, sculpture, and when repeated in a pattern, expresses best wishes for the future and symbolizes never-ending fortune.
Clouds, sometimes referred to as "auspicious clouds", has spanned thousands of years in Chinese history, and is an icon of Chinese cultural symbols. It conveys enthusiasm, happy and inner peace.
The emphasis on expressiveness and structural importance of brushstrokes finds its purest embodiment in calligraphy (the word comes from the Greek meaning "beautiful writing"). In China, calligraphy is regarded as one of the highest forms of artistic expression, and has been generally held in high esteem across East Asia. For more than 2,000 years, China's literati, all of the Confucian scholars, have enjoyed being connoisseurs and practitioners of this art form. Calligraphy is created by combining stylized strokes, executed with a brush and ink, to form the characters of Chinese writing. Chinese characters, unlike Western letterforms, evolved from pictographs, a picture or sign representing a thing or concept.
A number of celebrities make Chinese tattoo on their body, such as David Beckham's "Death and life have pre-determined appointments; riches and honor are from heaven" ", run down his left side torso; Megan Fox's "strength" on her neck, Nicki Minaj’s "God is always with you" on her left arm; Allen Iverson's "loyalty" on his neck.
Chinese Calligraphy by Wang, Xizhi (C.E. 303-361)