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降魔 means to overcome the Devil, Satan, Demons or Evil. There's a lot of ways to translate this including conquering the devil, evil spirits, evil influences, or someone who habitually performs negative/evil acts.
In Buddhist context, it means to overcome demons, e.g. as the Buddha did at his enlightenment.
驅魔 is the way you would write a sign or symbol to repel the devil or drive away evil in Chinese.
This Japanese proverb means, "Evil cause, evil effect" or "Bad causes bring bad results."
The English equivalent is probably, "Sow evil and reap evil" or more commonly, "You reap what you sow."
Note: 悪因悪果 is also considered to be a Buddhist phrase encompassing the idea of karmic retribution.
This literally means, "no fear evil." Chinese grammar and word order is a little different than English. 不怕邪惡 is the best way to write something that means "fear no evil" in Chinese.
The first character means "not," "don't" or "no."
The second means "fear."
The last two mean "evil" but can also be translated as sinister, vicious, wickedness, or just "bad."
This is "Fear No Evil" in Japanese.
Japanese grammar and phrase construction is different than English, so this literally reads, "Evil Fear Not."
The "evil" Kanji can also be translated as "wickedness."
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Overcome the Devil||降魔||gou ma / gouma / go ma / goma||xiáng mó / xiang2 mo2 / xiang mo / xiangmo||hsiang mo / hsiangmo|
Expel the Devil
|qū mó / qu1 mo2 / qu mo / qumo||ch`ü mo / chümo / chü mo|
|Evil Cause, Evil Result||悪因悪果||akuin akka / akuinakka / akuin aka / akuinaka|
|Fear No Evil||不怕邪惡|
|bú pà xié è|
bu2 pa4 xie2 e4
bu pa xie e
|pu p`a hsieh o
pu pa hsieh o
|Good and Evil||善悪不二||zenakufuni|
|Distinguish Good and Evil||彰善癉惡|
|zhāng shàn dàn è|
zhang1 shan4 dan4 e4
zhang shan dan e
|chang shan tan o
|Fear No Evil||悪を恐れない||aku o osore nai|
|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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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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