Origins of Chinese Auspicious Symbols
Illustrated by Fu Chunjiang
Written/Compiled by Lim SK
Paperback | 151 Pages
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese . This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others;
* Animals: Phoenix, tortoise, tiger, bat toad, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp.
*Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
* Objects : Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ' Tower of wisdom'.
* Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish , chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
*Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.