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姻緣 in Chinese / Japanese...

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The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together

China yīn yuán
The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together Vertical Wall Scroll

These two characters mean, "Destiny that brings lovers together." It can also be translated technically as, "Predestined matrimonial affinity" (wow, talk about taking the romance out of this word - that was from the Oxford C-E dictionary).

Basically, this is talking about the fate (or karma) that brings a husband and wife together. I would translate this as "Together by fate" or "Joined by destiny" but in the context of marriage. You could use this for non-married lovers but the first character has a suggestion that this refers to those that are married.

The Red Thread of Fate

China yīn yuán hóng xiàn
The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Wall Scroll

姻緣紅線 is the legendary red string of destiny that binds all soul mates or lovers together.

In ancient Chinese culture, a mythological matchmaker named 月老 (Yuè Lǎo) was the controller of the fate that led lovers to meet. He did this by tying a celestial red string to the ankle of each person. Sometime during their life, they will meet and marry as fate dictates.

While the origin of the red string comes from China, it has spread to other parts of Asia (such as Japan where it's known as 赤い糸).

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

姻緣


姻缘

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Mandarin yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2
Taiwan yin yüan
Chinese a marriage predestined by fate

前世姻緣


前世姻缘

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Mandarin qián shì yīn yuán / qian2 shi4 yin1 yuan2
Taiwan ch`ien shih yin yüan / chien shih yin yüan
Chinese a marriage predestined in a former life (idiom)

露水姻緣


露水姻缘

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Mandarin lù shuǐ yīn yuán / lu4 shui3 yin1 yuan2
Taiwan lu shui yin yüan
Chinese casual romance; short-lived relationship

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The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Wall Scroll
The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Wall Scroll
The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Wall Scroll
The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Wall Scroll


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The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Portrait
The Red Thread of Fate Horizontal Wall Scroll
The Red Thread of Fate Vertical Portrait
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
The Karma/Fate/Destiny that Brings Lovers Together姻緣
姻缘
yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuanyin yüan / yinyüan
The Red Thread of Fate姻緣紅線
姻缘红线
yīn yuán hóng xiàn
yin1 yuan2 hong2 xian4
yin yuan hong xian
yinyuanhongxian
yin yüan hung hsien
yinyüanhunghsien
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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