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信仰 means firm belief, faith, persuasion, conviction, and sometimes religion or creed in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
信仰 clearly fits religious connotation of the English word "devotion."
信仰 is often used to refer to a person of faith or a religious person.
This can be directly translated as "firm belief," "creed," "conviction" or simply as "religious" depending on context.
Some will also use this to mean "trust in God" in Japanese (though the term for God is not actually in this title).
It should be noted that this word is a little strange alone on a wall scroll.
While this can be pronounced in Japanese, it's not a great selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Japanese.
Depending on context, this word can mean Christian or "friend of the same religion." While technically it could be any religion, this is used mostly within the Christian faith. You can also translate this as "Christian friend" and in some cases "Church member."
保佑 / 保祐 is the more religious and sometimes superstitious word for protection in Chinese. It's sort of a blessing of protection, and is often translated as "bless and protect," "blessing," or "to bless."
This would be used the protection or blessing that a deity (such as God) would bestow upon you. It is not religion-specific in the same way that a language itself cannot be specific to any religion.
Note: Sometimes the second character is written in the form shown to the right. Let us know if you have a preference when you place your order.
See Also: Guardian Angel
回教 means "Hui Religion" in Chinese.
It refers specifically to the Hui people (Huizu) who have typical Oriental looks but are Muslim (practice the religion of Islam). Hui people can be found throughout China, often establishing Muslim neighborhoods in many cities.
My Japanese dictionary lists this as the all Kanji way to write Islam as well.
In Korean, the first character is used as a short name to say Muslim.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
Faith in God
|信仰||shin kou / shinkou / shin ko / shinko||xìn yǎng / xin4 yang3 / xin yang / xinyang||hsin yang / hsinyang|
|Religious Seeker||乞求者||kotsugusha||qǐ qiú zhě|
qi3 qiu2 zhe3
qi qiu zhe
|ch`i ch`iu che
chi chiu che
|Christian Friend||教友||jiào yǒu / jiao4 you3 / jiao you / jiaoyou||chiao yu / chiaoyu|
|Blessings and Protection||保佑 / 保祐|
|bǎo yòu / bao3 you4 / bao you / baoyou||pao yu / paoyu|
|Islam||回教||kai kyou / kaikyou / kai kyo / kaikyo||huí jiào / hui2 jiao4 / hui jiao / huijiao||hui chiao / huichiao|
|jitsu dou / jitsudou / jitsu do / jitsudo||shí dào / shi2 dao4 / shi dao / shidao||shih tao / shihtao|
|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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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.
Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.
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