Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
slithytove

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Solitary tears fall into the sea that I sealed away in my heart

 

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meaning: ancestor

祖先 == sosen == ancestors
元祖 == ganso == inventor, founder, originator, pioneer


Left radical is 'altar', right radical is 'cairn'/'furthermore' (且), here indicating 'accumulation'. (A cairn is, of course, an accumulation of stones.) This character meant originally to worship at an altar, an 'accumulation of gods'. In a religion with a strong component of ancestor worship, of course, this concept included ancestors.  Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Furthermore, at altar one worships ancestors.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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