Monday, January 28, 2008

Shen (Spirit), Chinese character


In honor of Chinese New Year which is coming up February 7th, I thought I would post some Chinese characters and tell you a little about them.

According to Chinese mythology, when we are born and enter the world of light we receive the part of our soul which, at death, ascends to heaven and becomes a shen or active 'spirit.'

from The Spirit of the Chinese Character: Gifts from the Heart

napaboaniya has commented and says this character means "God."

eastcoastlife says in the comments that yes it does mean "God" and she puts the character up in her house.



eastcoastlife said...

Ooo... you are interested in our Chinese culture. That's great.

We put up this word in our house as it means God too.

Napaboaniya.Elaine Ling said...

Mary, that word Shen means 'God' not spirits. Spirits is 'Ling Hun'.

maryt/theteach said...

eastcoast and nap, thanks for clarifying that. I think probably "God" and "Spirit" can mean the same thing. But yes I love the Chinese characters. They are beautiful and mean so much. I will be putting up more...