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混沌 is the Japanese, Korean and Chinese word that means absolute confusion, disorder and chaos.
This more directly refers to primal chaos or primeval chaos.
When reading something about Chinese mythology, you may find this term used to describe the formless mass before creation.
Chinese scientists sometimes use this word to refer to the nebulous state before the universe was formed or nebulosity.
In some context, this could mean "a state of confusion."
The first character means confused, dirty, muddy or mixed.
The second character means confusion and disorder.
Together, these characters mean chaos, and sometimes extended to mean a type of anarchy.
This term is often used in a less-than-literal term to describe anything in disarray. Someone might use this word in a sentence like, "My kitchen is in a state of chaos" or "my life is so chaotic."
Please note that Japanese use an alternate/simplified version of the second character of chaos - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of this two-character chaos calligraphy.
This Japanese word means havoc, as in chaos, turmoil, or pandemonium.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Chaos||混沌||konton||hùn dùn / hun4 dun4 / hun dun / hundun||hun tun / huntun|
|kon ran / konran||hùn luàn / hun4 luan4 / hun luan / hunluan|
|Stir the Chaos||攪動混沌|
|jiǎo dòng hún dùn|
jiao3 dong4 hun2 dun4
jiao dong hun dun
|chiao tung hun tun
|píng jìng de hùn luàn|
ping2 jing4 de hun4 luan4
ping jing de hun luan
|p`ing ching te hun luan
ping ching te hun luan
|dai kon ran|
|Havoc||浩劫||hào jié / hao4 jie2 / hao jie / haojie||hao chieh / haochieh|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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