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聖火 is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean term that applies to the sacred fire of the ancient Greek Olympic torch or games.
This could also apply to other sacred or holy fires, as it can be a somewhat generic term.
This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes." Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana."
There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).
500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your sacred fire search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shèng huǒ / sheng4 huo3
seika / seka せいか
| sacred fire; Olympic flame
(1) sacred fire (torch); (2) Olympic flame; (given name) Seika
More info / calligraphy:
| jouka / joka じょうか
|| sacred fire
| shén mù / shen2 mu4
| Shenmu County in Yulin 榆林[Yu2 lin2], Shaanxi
(1) sacred tree; (2) support pillars of the traditional fire festival bonfires; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) sacred tree; (surname) Shinboku; (place-name) Shiboku; (place-name) Kounogi; (personal name) Kougi; (surname) Kamiki; (surname) Kanagi; (surname) Kanaki
| huǒ zhǒng jū shì / huo3 zhong3 ju1 shi4
huo chung chü shih
| Brahmans, servers of the sacred fire; Aggivessana
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Phoenix Rise from the Ashes||鳳凰涅磐|
|fèng huáng niè pán
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nie pan
|feng huang nieh p`an
feng huang nieh pan
|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"
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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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