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  1. Ghost Warrior
  2. Ghost Demon
  3. Demon / Ghost / Apparition
  4. Ghost / Apparition / Phantom
  5. Ghost / Soul / Spirit
  6. Daredevil Warrior...
  7. Vampire
  8. Dragon Spirit
  9. Galatians 5:25
10. Warrior Soul / Spirit of a Fighter
11. Soul Mates
12. Impermanence

Ghost Warrior

China yōu líng zhàn shì
Ghost Warrior Wall Scroll

幽靈戰士 means Ghost Warrior or Ghost Soldier in Chinese.

This title is used for at least one movie, and a video game (about a sniper).

Ghost Demon

China guǐ
Japan oni
Ghost Demon Wall Scroll

This word can mean ghost, ogre, demon, or "spirit of a deceased person," in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context, it can also mean sly, crafty, ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.)

This can also be the "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions in Chinese folklore).

An extended list of meanings includes: departed; dead; a disembodied spirit; dead person; evil being; hungry ghost.

Demon / Ghost / Apparition

China yāo mó
Japan you ma
Demon / Ghost / Apparition  Wall Scroll

妖魔 means demon in Chinese, and perhaps slanted towards ghost in Japanese.

Ghost / Apparition / Phantom

China yāo guài
Japan you kai
Ghost / Apparition / Phantom Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja word can be defined as devil, ghost, apparition, phantom, specter/spectre, demon, monster, or goblin.

Ghost / Soul / Spirit

China hún pò
Japan kon paku
Ghost / Soul / Spirit Wall Scroll

魂魄 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja term for ghost, soul, or spirit.

It's used in the context of Buddhism as:
Animus and anima; the spiritual nature or mind, and the animal soul; the two are defined as mind and body or mental and physical, the invisible soul inhabiting the visible body, the former being celestial, the latter terrestrial.

Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior

Japan oni mu sha
Daredevil Warrior / Soul of a Warrior Wall Scroll

鬼武者 is an unusual title that can be translated two ways. The most common is probably "daredevil warrior." However, the first character means demon, ghost, or soul of the departed. Therefore, it can kind of mean soul of a warrior, or demon warrior.

This title is Japanese only, and should not be used if your audience is Chinese.


China xī xuě guǐ
Japan kyuu ketsu ki
Vampire Wall Scroll

吸血鬼 is how to say "vampire" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Quite literally this means "Suck Blood Ghost" or more naturally in English "Ghost Who Sucks Blood." This title is also used for leeches and blood-sucking vermin.

Just like the word "vampire" in English, this title is used in Asian languages colloquially to refer to "cruel exploiters" and especially in China, it can be used to refer to "capitalists exploiting the workers."

Alone on a wall scroll, this will be understood with just the "vampire" or "bloodsucker" meaning.

Dragon Spirit

China lóng hún
Dragon Spirit Wall Scroll

This title means "Dragon Spirit" or "Dragon Ghost."

Galatians 5:25

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit
China wǒ men ruò shì kào shèng líng shēn jiù dàng kào shèng líng xíng shì
Galatians 5:25 Wall Scroll

我們若是靠聖靈得生就當靠聖靈行事 is the translation of Galatians 5:25 into Mandarin Chinese via the Chinese Union Bible.

KJV: If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

NIV: Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

The annotation of this Chinese translation:
1.我们 wǒ men - we / us / ourselves
2.若是 ruò shì - if
3.靠 kào - depend upon / lean on / near / by / against / to support
4.圣灵 shèng líng - Holy Ghost
5.得 děi - to have to / must / ought to / degree or possibility
6.生就 shēng jiù - born one way or another (nervous, suspicious, etc.)
7.当 dàng - suitable / adequate / fitting / proper
8.靠 kào - depend upon / lean on / near / by / against / to support
9.圣灵 shèng líng - Holy Ghost
10.行事 xíng shì - how one does things / how one runs things (in this case, it suggests, "to walk in step with")

Warrior Soul / Spirit of a Fighter

Japan senshi damashii
Warrior Soul / Spirit of a Fighter Wall Scroll

戦士魂 is "warrior soul" or "warrior spirit" in Japanese.

Here's the breakdown of the Kanji:

戦士 (senshi) warrior; soldier; combatant; fighter.

魂 (damashii/tamashii) soul; spirit; can sometimes mean "ghost."

Soul Mates

Japan tamashii no tomo
Soul Mates Wall Scroll

魂の友 is one of a few ways to write "Soul Mates" in Japanese.

The first Kanji means soul, spirit, ghost, immortal soul, the mind, or conscious mind. From Sanskrit it's Vijñāna.

The middle character is a Japanese Hiragana connecting or possessive article that links the two ideas together.

The last Kanji means friends or friendship.


China wú cháng
Japan mujou
Impermanence Wall Scroll

無常 is the state of being "not permanent," "not enduring," transitory, or evolving.

It can also mean variable or changeable. In some context, it can refer to a ghost that is supposed to take a soul upon death. Following that, this term can also mean to pass away or die.

In the Buddhist context, this is a reminder that everything in this world is ever-changing, and all circumstances of your life are temporary.
If you take the Buddhist philosophy further, none of these circumstances are real, and your existence is an illusion anyway. Thus, the idea of the eternal soul is perhaps just the attachment you have to your ego. Once you release your attachment to all impermanent things, you will be on your way to enlightenment and Buddhahood.

Language notes for this word when used outside the context of Buddhism:
In Korean Hanja, this means uncertainty, transiency, mutability, or evanescent.
In Japanese, the definition orbits closer to the state of being uncertain.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ghost Warrior 幽靈戰士
yōu líng zhàn shì
you1 ling2 zhan4 shi4
you ling zhan shi
yu ling chan shih
Ghost Demon oniguǐ / gui3 / gui kuei
妖魔you ma / youma / yo ma / yomayāo mó / yao1 mo2 / yao mo / yaomo
妖怪you kai / youkai / yo kai / yokaiyāo guài / yao1 guai4 / yao guai / yaoguai yao kuai / yaokuai
魂魄kon paku / konpakuhún pò / hun2 po4 / hun po / hunpo hun p`o / hunpo / hun po
Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior
鬼武者oni mu sha / onimusha
Vampire 吸血鬼kyuu ketsu ki
kyu ketsu ki
xī xuě guǐ
xi1 xue3 gui3
xi xue gui
hsi hsüeh kuei
Dragon Spirit 龍魂
lóng hún / long2 hun2 / long hun / longhun lung hun / lunghun
Galatians 5:25 我們若是靠聖靈得生就當靠聖靈行事
wǒ men ruò shì kào shèng líng shēn jiù dàng kào shèng líng xíng shì
wo3 men ruo4 shi4 kao4 sheng4 ling2 dei3 shen1 jiu4 dang4 kao4 sheng4 ling2 xing2 shi4
wo men ruo shi kao sheng ling dei shen jiu dang kao sheng ling xing shi
wo men jo shih k`ao sheng ling tei shen chiu tang k`ao sheng ling hsing shih
wo men jo shih kao sheng ling tei shen chiu tang kao sheng ling hsing shih
Warrior Soul
Spirit of a Fighter
戦士魂senshi damashii
senshi damashi
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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.

Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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