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Snake / Serpent

Year of the Snake / Zodiac Sign
China shé
Japan hebi
Snake  /  Serpent

蛇 is the character for snake or serpent in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the snake, you . . .

Are calm.
Are and inspiration to others.
Have a stubborn nature like a mule (you do not like to concede).

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Fire Snake

China huǒ shé
Japan hi hebi
Fire Snake

火蛇 is the Chinese and Japanese title for "fire snake" or "blazing serpent."

Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

China shé fū zuò
Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol / Sign

蛇夫座 is the Chinese way to write Ophiuchus (serpent bearer) of western astrology. Please note this version is only used in Chinese (not Japanese).

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Poisonous Snake
China dú shé
Japan doku hebi

毒蛇 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for viper.

This can mean viper but may also refer to any poisonous snake or poisonous serpent.

Dragon Snake Tiger
Leopard Crane

China lóng shé hǔ bào hè
Japan ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
Dragon Snake Tiger / Leopard Crane

龍蛇虎豹鶴 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu in a comfortable order (meaning that they are in the proper order and will simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).

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Mandarin shé / she2
Taiwan she
Japanese hebi へび
Chinese snake; serpent; CL:條|条[tiao2]
Japanese (1) snake; (2) serpent; large snake; (surname) Hebi
sarpa, a serpent, snake.
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Mandarin lóng / long2
Taiwan lung
Japanese riyou / riyo りよう
 ryoumin / ryomin りょうみん
 ryou / ryo りょう
 riyuu / riyu りゆう
 ryuuji / ryuji りゅうじ
 ryuu / ryu りゅう
 yon よん
 tooru とおる
 tatsuji たつじ
 tatsu たつ
 taki たき
 shigemi しげみ
Chinese dragon; CL:條|条[tiao2]; imperial; surname Long
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) dragon (esp. a Chinese dragon); (2) naga; semi-divine human-cobra chimera in Hindu and Buddhist mythology; (personal name) Riyou; (given name) Ryoumin; (surname, female given name) Ryou; (personal name) Riyuu; (personal name) Ryuuji; (surname, female given name) Ryuu; (surname) Yon; (given name) Tooru; (personal name) Tatsuji; (surname, given name) Tatsu; (surname) Taki; (female given name) Shigemi
A dragon, dragon-like, imperial; tr. for nāga, which means snake, serpent; also elephant, elephantine, serpent-like, etc., cf. 那.
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Mandarin dú shé / du2 she2
Taiwan tu she
Japanese dokuhebi どくへび
 dokuja どくじゃ
Chinese viper
Japanese poisonous snake; poisonous serpent
A poisonous snake.; Poisonous snakes, the four elements of the body— earth, water, fire, wind (or air)— which harm a man by their variation, i. e. increase and decrease. Also, gold.
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Mandarin/ si4
Taiwan ssu
Japanese mi
Chinese 6th earthly branch: 9-11 a.m., 4th solar month (5th May-5th June), year of the Snake; ancient Chinese compass point: 150°
Japanese sixth sign of Chinese zodiac (The Serpent, 9am-11am, south-southeast, April); (female given name) Mi
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Mandarin shèn / shen4
Taiwan shen
Japanese shin
Chinese (mythical animal); clam; sea-serpent
Mirage; sea-serpent; frog; shellfish

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Japanese hebi ヘビ
Japanese (1) snake; (2) serpent; large snake

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Japanese daija だいじゃ
 ooda おおだ
 ooja おおじゃ
Japanese big snake; serpent; (personal name) Daija; (surname) Ooda; (place-name) Ooja

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Japanese hatsumi はつみ
Japanese first Serpent day of the year; (given name) Hatsumi

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Japanese kanmuriwashi かんむりわし
Japanese (kana only) crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)

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Mandarin lì lóng / li4 long2
Taiwan li lung
Chinese mythical evil serpent; evil dragon in Western mythology, cf Revelations 14:12

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Japanese dakatsu だかつ
Japanese (1) serpent (snake) and scorpion; (2) detestation

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Japanese dakatsu だかつ
Japanese (1) serpent (snake) and scorpion; (2) detestation

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Mandarin shé diāo / she2 diao1
Taiwan she tiao
Chinese (bird species of China) crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)

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Mandarin nà jiā / na4 jia1
Taiwan na chia
Japanese naka なか
Japanese (female given name) Naka
nāga. Snake, dragon, elephant. It is tr. by 龍 dragon and by 象 elephant. (1) As dragon it represents the chief of the scaly reptiles; it can disappear or be manifest, increase or decrease, lengthen or shrink; in spring it mounts in the sky and in winter enters the earth. The dragon is of many kinds. Dragons are regarded as beneficent, bringing the rains and guarding the heavens (again Draco); they control rivers and lakes, and hibernate in the deep. nāga and mahānāga are titles of a Buddha, (also of those freed from reincarnation) because of his powers, or because like the dragon he soars above earthly desires and ties. One of his former reincarnations was a powerful poisonous dragon which, out of pity, permitted itself to be skinned alive and its flesh eaten by worms. (2) A race of serpent-worshippers; (Skt. nāga)

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Mandarin shí èr shòu / shi2 er4 shou4
Taiwan shih erh shou
Japanese jūnishū
The twelve animals for the "twelve horary branches" with their names, hours, and the Chinese transliterations of their Sanskrit equivalents; v. 大集經 23 and 56. There are also the thirty-six animals, three for each hour. The twelve are: Serpent 蛇 巳, 9-11 a.m. 迦若; Horse 馬午, 11-1 noon 兜羅; Sheep 羊未, 1―3 p.m. 毘梨支迦; Monkey 猴申, 3-5 p.m. 檀尼毘; Cock 鶏酉, 5-7 p.m. 摩迦羅; Dog 大戌, 7-9 p.m. 鳩槃; Boar 豕亥, 9-11 p.m.彌那; Rat 鼠子, 11-1 midnight 彌沙; Ox 牛丑 1-3 a.m. 毘利沙; Tiger (or Lion) 虎寅, 3―5 a.m. 彌倫那; Hare 兎卯, 5-7 a.m. 羯迦吒迦; Dragon 龍辰, 7-9 a.m 絲阿.

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Mandarin miào yīn tiān / miao4 yin1 tian1
Taiwan miao yin t`ien / miao yin tien
Japanese Myōon Ten
(妙音樂天) Sarasvatī, the wife or female energy of Brahmā. Also called 辨才天 (辨才天女) Jap. Benzaiten, or Benten; goddess of eloquence, learning, and music, bestower of the Sanskrit language and letters, and the bestower of 財 riches; also the river goddess. Sometimes considered as masculine. Honoured among the seven gods of luck, and often represented as mounted on a dragon or a serpent.

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Japanese umihebiza うみへびざ
Japanese (astron) Hydra (constellation); the Sea Serpent

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Mandarin wū luò jiā / wu1 luo4 jia1
Taiwan wu lo chia
Japanese uraka
烏羅伽 uraga, going on the belly, a serpent.

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Mandarin jiā lóu luō / jia1 lou2 luo1
Taiwan chia lou lo
Japanese karura
garuḍa; 'a mythical bird, the chief of the feathered race, the enemy of the serpent race, the vehicle of Vishṇu.' M. W. Tr. as golden-winged, with an expanse of 3,360,000 li, carrying the ruyi pearl or talisman on its neck; among other accounts one says it dwells in great trees and feeds on snakes or dragons. Also 迦婁羅; 迦留羅; 迦嘍荼; 伽樓羅; 揭路荼; 誐嚕拏 (or 蘗嚕拏). The association of the garuḍa, like the phoenix, with fire makes it also a symbol of flame 迦樓羅炎; (Skt. garuḍa)

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Japanese hebitsukaiza へびつかいざ
Japanese (astron) Ophiuchus (constellation); the Serpent Bearer

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Mandarin fó kǒu shé xīn / fo2 kou3 she2 xin1
Taiwan fo k`ou she hsin / fo kou she hsin
Japanese bukku nishitenjashin
Chinese words of a Buddha, heart of a snake (idiom); two-faced; malicious and duplicitous
A Buddha's mouth but a serpent's heart; buddha's mouth and a serpent's heart

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Mandarin shí èr yīn yuán / shi2 er4 yin1 yuan2
Taiwan shih erh yin yüan
Japanese jūni innen
Dvādaśaṅga pratītyasamutpāda; the twelve nidānas; v. 尼 and 因; also 十二緣起; 因緣有支; 因緣率連; 因緣棘園; 因緣輪; 因緣重城; 因緣觀; 支佛觀. They are the twelve links in the chain of existence: (1) 無明avidyā, ignorance, or unenlightenment; (2) 行 saṃskāra, action, activity, conception, "dispositions," Keith; (3) 識 vijñāna, consciousness; (4) 名色 nāmarūpa, name and form; (5) 六入 ṣaḍāyatana, the six sense organs, i.e. eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind; (6) 觸 sparśa, contact, touch; (7) 受 vedanā, sensation, feeling; (8) 愛 tṛṣṇā, thirst, desire, craving; (9) 取 upādāna, laying hold of, grasping; (10) 有 bhava, being, existing; (11) 生 jāti, birth; (12) 老死 jarāmaraṇa, old age, death. The "classical formula" reads "By reason of ignorance dispositions; by reason of dispositions consciousness", etc. A further application of the twelve nidānas is made in regard to their causaton of rebirth: (1) ignorance, as inherited passion from the beginningless past ; (2) karma, good and evil, of past lives; (3) conception as a form of perception; (4) nāmarūpa, or body and mind evolving (in the womb); (5) the six organs on the verge of birth; (6) childhood whose intelligence is limited to sparśa, contact or touch; (7) receptivity or budding intelligence and discrimination from 6 or 7 years; (8) thirst, desire, or love, age of puberty; (9) the urge of sensuous existence; (10) forming the substance, bhava, of future karma; (11) the completed karma ready for rebirth; (12) old age and death. The two first are associated with the previous life, the other ten with the present. The theory is equally applicable to all realms of reincarnation. The twelve links are also represented in a chart, at the centre of which are the serpent (anger), boar (ignorance, or stupidity), and dove (lust) representing the fundamental sins. Each catches the other by the tail, typifying the train of sins producing the wheel of life. In another circle the twelve links are represented as follows: (1) ignorance, a blind woman; (2) action, a potter at work, or man gathering fruit; (3) consciousness, a restless monkey; (4) name and form, a boat; (5) sense organs, a house; (6) contact, a man and woman sitting together; (7) sensation, a man pierced by an arrow; (8) desire, a man drinking wine; (9) craving, a couple in union; (10) existence through childbirth; (11) birth, a man carrying a corpse; (12) disease, old age, death, an old woman leaning on a stick. v. 十二因緣論 Pratītya-samutpāda śāstra; twelve limbs of dependent origination

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Mandarin bā qí dà shé / ba1 qi2 da4 she2
Taiwan pa ch`i ta she / pa chi ta she
Japanese yamatanoorochi やまたのおろち
Chinese Yamata no Orochi, serpent with eight heads and eight tails from mythological section of Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan)
Japanese eight-headed, eight-tailed serpent (in Japanese mythology)

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Mandarin sà póu shā de / sa4 pou2 sha1 de
Taiwan sa p`ou sha te / sa pou sha te
Japanese satsubusachi
sarpauṣadhi, serpent-medicine, said to have been provided by (the Buddha when he was) Indra, as a python, in giving his flesh to feed the starving. A monastery in Udyāna built on the reputed spot. Also 薩裒施殺.

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Japanese hebitsukaiza へびつかいざ
Japanese (astron) Ophiuchus (constellation); the Serpent Bearer

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Japanese umihebiza うみへびざ
Japanese (astron) Hydra (constellation); the Sea Serpent

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Japanese uroborosu ウロボロス
Japanese uroboros; ouroboros (image of a serpent or dragon swallowing its own tail)

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Mandarin wū luò jiā zhān tán / wu1 luo4 jia1 zhan1 tan2
Taiwan wu lo chia chan t`an / wu lo chia chan tan
Japanese uraka sendan
uraga(sāra)-candana, serpent-sandal, a kind of sandal wood, used as a febrifuge; serpent-sandal

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Mandarin bí lù bō ā chā / bi2 lu4 bo1 a1 cha1
Taiwan pi lu po a ch`a / pi lu po a cha
Japanese Birohaasha
Virūpākṣa. One of the lokapāla, or guardians of the four cardinal points of Mount Sumeru. In China known as 廣目 wide-eyed, red in colour with a small pagoda in his right hand, and a serpent in his left; in China worshipped as one of the twenty-four Deva Ārya 天尊. Also, a name for Maheśvara or Rudra (Śiva). Cf. 毘 and 髀.

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Japanese hebitsukaiza へびつかいざ
Japanese (astron) Ophiuchus (constellation); the Serpent Bearer

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
hebishé / she2 / she
Fire Snake 火蛇hi hebi / hihebihuǒ shé / huo3 she2 / huo she / huoshe
Ophiuchus Zodiac Symbol
蛇夫座shé fū zuò
she2 fu1 zuo4
she fu zuo
she fu tso
Viper 毒蛇doku hebi / dokuhebidú shé / du2 she2 / du she / dushe tu she / tushe
Dragon Snake Tiger
Leopard Crane
ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru
ryu hebi tora hyo tsuru
lóng shé hǔ bào hè
long2 she2 hu3 bao4 he4
long she hu bao he
lung she hu pao ho
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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