Origin of the character 缘 and the threads of destiny

Following the article on yuan fen, some readers asked me about the origin of the character 缘.

It is composed of two parts, on the left, the silk, 纟, which can recall, the threads of destiny that bind beings together.


Chinese character yuan 缘

The part on the right, tuan, 彖 represented an animal in the first spelling, here it was mainly used to give an indication of the sound to the character, even if the hairs recall the idea of edge.



Chinese character yuan

The character has several meanings: cause, along, edge. By extension, the edge calls for another edge that can be reached, such as when two beings meet.

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4 juin 2020

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