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Five Ancestors Fist

China wǔ zǔ quán
Five Ancestors Fist Vertical Wall Scroll

五祖拳 is a martial arts concept (or school) known as Five Ancestors' Fist.

The first character means five.
The second means ancestor, forefather, or grandparents.
The third means fist.

The ancestors referred to by this title and whose attributes contribute to this style are as follows:
1. Grace of the White Crane.
2. Agility of the Monkey.
3. Precision and skill of Emperor Taizu (great mythical ancestor).
4. Power of Luohan (Buddhist arhat).
5. Breath of Damo (founder of Buddhism, or the first Buddha).

Family Bond / Family Ties

Japan ruien
Family Bond / Family Ties Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese word means affinity or family relationship.

類縁 is about the bond shared by blood within a family or those from the same ancestor.

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin fèng / feng4
Taiwan feng
Japanese matsuri / まつり    hou / ho / ほう    tomo / とも
Chinese to offer (tribute); to present respectfully (to superior, ancestor, deity etc); to esteem; to revere; to believe in (a religion); to wait upon; to accept orders (from superior)
Japanese (female given name) Matsuri; (given name) Hou; (surname) Tomo
To receive respectfully; honoured by, have the honour to, be favoured by, serve, offer; to receive with both hands

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Mandarin cóng / cong2
Taiwan ts`ung / tsung
Japanese jū
Chinese from; through; via; to follow; to obey; to engage in (an activity); never (in negative sentence); (Taiwan pr. [zong4]) retainer; assistant; auxiliary; subordinate; related by common paternal grandfather or earlier ancestor; surname Cong
To follow, agree with, obey; from; followers, secondary.

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Mandarin/ zu3
Taiwan tsu
Japanese so / そ
Chinese ancestor; forefather; grandparents; surname Zu
Japanese ancestor; forefather; progenitor; (surname) Takaso; (surname) So
Grandfather; ancestor; patriarch; founder; origin. See 二十八祖.


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Japanese yoretsu / よれつ Japanese ancestor's meritorious deeds; the evil effects of the lives of our predecessors


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Mandarin xiān rén / xian1 ren2
Taiwan hsien jen
Japanese senjin / せんじん
Chinese ancestors; previous generations; my late father
Japanese predecessor; pioneer; ancestor; (personal name) Sakito


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Mandarin xiān bǐ / xian1 bi3
Taiwan hsien pi
Japanese senpi / せんぴ
Chinese deceased mother; mother of an ancestor
Japanese one's late mother


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Mandarin xiān zǔ / xian1 zu3
Taiwan hsien tsu
Japanese senzo / せんぞ
Chinese deceased grandfather; ancestry
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) ancestor; (surname) Senzo; (surname) Senso


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Japanese uchigami;uggan / うちがみ;うっがん Japanese (kyu:) {Shinto} patron god; ancestor deified as a kami; (place-name) Uchigami; (surname) Uchikami


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Mandarin qián shēn / qian2 shen1
Taiwan ch`ien shen / chien shen
Japanese zenshin / ぜんしん
Chinese forerunner; predecessor; precursor; previous incarnation (Buddhism); jacket front
Japanese antecedents; ancestor; previous position; previous existence; predecessor organization; predecessor organisation
The previous body, or incarnation; former life


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Mandarin yuán mù / yuan2 mu4
Taiwan yüan mu
Japanese genboku / げんぼく
Chinese logs
Japanese (1) pulpwood; raw timber; unprocessed timber; logs; (2) original (or ancestor) of a tree cultivar; (place-name) Baraki; (surname) Haragi; (surname) Haraki


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Mandarin yuán niú / yuan2 niu2
Taiwan yüan niu
Japanese gengyuu / gengyu / げんぎゅう
Chinese aurochs (Bos primigenius), extinct wild ox
Japanese (See オーロックス) aurochs; urus (extinct ancestor of the modern cow, Bos taurus)


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Japanese genshu / げんしゅ Japanese (1) seed stock; seed grain; foundation seed; (2) pure breed; original strain; ancestor


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Japanese douso / doso / どうそ Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) common ancestor


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Mandarin tài zǔ / tai4 zu3
Taiwan t`ai tsu / tai tsu
Japanese taiso / たいそ
Chinese Great Ancestor (posomethingumous title, e.g. for the founder of a dynasty)
Japanese founder; progenitor; emperor
great ancestor; great ancestor



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Mandarin zūn hào / zun1 hao4
Taiwan tsun hao
Japanese songō
Chinese honorific title; form of address reserved for a queen, ancestor, emperor etc
name of venerated


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Mandarin dài zōng / dai4 zong1
Taiwan tai tsung
Chinese another name for Mt Tai 泰山 in Shandong as principal or ancestor of the Five Sacred Mountains 五嶽|五岳[Wu3 yue4]; Mt Tai as resting place for departed souls


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Mandarin wén shū / wen2 shu1
Taiwan wen shu
Japanese monju / もんじゅ
Chinese Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of keen awareness
Japanese (Buddhist term) Manjushri; Manjusri; Bodhisattva that represents transcendent wisdom; (p,s,f) Monju
(文殊師利) Mañjuśrī 滿殊尸利 -later 曼殊室利. 文殊 is also used for Mañjunātha, Mañjudeva, Mañjughoṣa, Mañjuṣvara, et al. T., hjamdpal; J., Monju. Origin unknown; presumably, like most Buddhas and bodhisattvas, an idealization of a particular quality, in his case of Wisdom. Mañju is beautiful, Śrī; good fortune, virtue, majesty, lord, an epithet of a god. Six definitions are obtained from various scriptures: 妙首 (or 頭 ) wonderful or beautiful) head; 普首 universal head; 濡首 glossy head (probably a transliteration); 敬首 revered head; 妙德 wonderful virtue (or power); 妙吉祥 wonderfully auspicious; the last is a later translation in the 西域記. As guardian of wisdom 智慧 he is often placed on Śākyamuni's left, with 普顯 on the right as guardian of law 理, the latter holding the Law, the former the wisdom or exposition of it; formerly they held the reverse positions. He is often represented with five curls or waves to his hair indicating the 五智 q. v. or the five peaks; his hand holds the sword of wisdom and he sits on a lion emblematic of its stern majesty: but he has other forms. He is represented as a youth, i. e. eternal youth. His present abode is given as east of the universe, known as 淸涼山 clear and cool mountain, or a region 寶住 precious abode, or Abode of Treasures, or 寶氏 from which he derives one of his titles, 寶相如來. One of his dhāraṇīs prophesies China as his post-nirvāṇa realm. In past incarnations he is described as being the parent of many Buddhas and as having assisted the Buddha into existence; his title was 龍種上佛 the supreme Buddha of the nāgas, also 大身佛 or 神仙佛; now his title is 歡喜藏摩尼寶精佛 The spiritual Buddha who joyfully cares for the jewel: and his future title is to be 普現佛 Buddha universally revealed. In the 序品 Introductory Chapter of the Lotus Sutra he is also described as the ninth predecessor or Buddha-ancestor of Śākyamuni. He is looked on as the chief of the Bodhisattvas and represents them, as the chief disciple of the Buddha, or as his son 法王子. Hīnayāna counts Śāriputra as the wisest of the disciples, Mahāyāna gives Mañjuśrī the chief place, hence he is also styled 覺母 mother, or begetter of understanding. He is shown riding on either a lion or a peacock, or sitting on a white lotus; often he holds a book, emblem of wisdom, or a blue lotus; in certain rooms of a monastery he is shown as a monk; and he appears in military array as defender of the faith. His signs, magic words, and so on, are found in various sutras. His most famous centre in China is Wu-tai shan in Shansi. where he is the object of pilgrimages, especially of Mongols. The legends about him are many. He takes the place in Buddhism of Viśvakarman as Vulcan, or architect, of the universe. He is one of the eight Dhyāni-bodhisattvas, and sometimes has the image of Akṣobhya in his crown. He was mentioned in China as early as the fourth century and in the Lotus Sutra he frequently appears, especially as the converter of the daughter of the Dragon-king of the Ocean. He has five messengers 五使者 and eight youths 八童子 attending on him. His hall in the Garbhadhātu maṇḍala is the seventh, in which his group numbers twenty-five. His position is northeast. There are numerous sutras and other works with his name as title, e. g. 文殊師利問菩提經 Gayaśīrṣa sūtra, tr. by Kumārajīva 384-417: and its 論 or .Tīkā of Vasubandhu, tr. by Bodhiruci 535. see list in B. N.


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Mandarin páng xì / pang2 xi4
Taiwan p`ang hsi / pang hsi
Chinese collateral relative (descended from a common ancestor but through different lines)


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Japanese shinso / しんそ Japanese (1) true ancestor; (2) var. of vampire (in fiction)


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Mandarin zǔ xiān / zu3 xian1
Taiwan tsu hsien
Japanese sosen / そせん
Chinese ancestor; forebears
Japanese ancestor


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Mandarin zǔ zōng / zu3 zong1
Taiwan tsu tsung
Japanese sosou / soso / そそう
Chinese ancestor; forebear
Japanese ancestors
patriarchal teaching


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Japanese soshin;sojin / そしん;そじん Japanese ancestor worshipped as a deity


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Japanese sorei / sore / それい Japanese (1) ancestral spirit; collective of ancestral spirits which have lost their individualities; (2) ancestor deified as a kami; spirit of a kami



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Mandarin zǔ niǎo / zu3 niao3
Taiwan tsu niao
Chinese dinosaur ancestor of birds



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Mandarin xì tǒng / xi4 tong3
Taiwan hsi t`ung / hsi tung
Japanese keitou / keto / けいとう
Chinese system; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) system; (2) lineage; ancestry; family line; (3) group (e.g. of colors) (colours); family (e.g. of languages); party; school (of thought); (4) close (evolutionary) relationship; (5) a population sharing a common ancestor (in genetics); strain (e.g. bacterial)


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Japanese hanso / はんそ Japanese (archaism) ancestor of a feudal lord



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Mandarin yuǎn zǔ / yuan3 zu3
Taiwan yüan tsu
Japanese enso / えんそ
Chinese a remote ancestor
Japanese forefathers; remote ancestors


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Mandarin bí zǔ / bi2 zu3
Taiwan pi tsu
Japanese biso / びそ
Chinese the earliest ancestor; originator (of a tradition, school of thought etc)
Japanese founder; originator; introducer


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Japanese sakitsuoya / さきつおや Japanese ancestor


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Japanese sakinooya / さきのおや Japanese ancestor

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