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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.
神の信仰 is the simplest way to express, "Trust in God" in Japanese.
The first character means God, deity, divinity, or spirit (in this case, it will be read as God).
The second character is a particle that links the ideas.
The last two characters mean faith, belief, or creed, in religious context.
自強 is the kind of inner-strength that applies to a person who has will-power and can inspire themselves to do great things.
自強 can also be the creed of a person that always pursues self-improvement.
Other translations: self-strengthening, striving for improvement, self-improvement, strive to become stronger, and self-renewal.
鉄心石腸 is a Japanese proverb which suggests you should have the inner-strength and will as hard and steadfast as iron.
It's the Japanese way to say, "stay strong". 鉄心石腸 is an especially uplifting thing to say to a person in distress or recovering from a disaster. It's kind of the survivor's creed.
If you literally translate this, it means, "iron will, stone guts" or "iron heart, rock-hard bowels".
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|
|Trust in God|
Belief in God
|神の信仰||kami no shin kou|
kami no shin ko
|zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2 / zi qiang / ziqiang||tzu ch`iang / tzuchiang / tzu chiang|
|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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your creed search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| xìn yǎng / xin4 yang3
shinkou / shinko / しんこう
to believe in (a religion); firm belief; conviction
(noun/participle) (religious) faith; belief; creed; (given name) Shinkou
To believe in and look up to.
|shinjou / shinjo / しんじょう||
(noun - becomes adjective with の) creed; belief; conviction; article of faith
| xìn tiáo / xin4 tiao2
hsin t`iao / hsin tiao
creed; article of faith
|shinkyou / shinkyo / しんきょう||
| zōng jiào / zong1 jiao4
shuukyou / shukyo / しゅうきょう
(1) religion; religious affiliation; belief; faith; creed; (2) religious activity; (personal name) Munenori
| jiào tiáo / jiao4 tiao2
chiao t`iao / chiao tiao
doctrine; dogma; creed; dogmatic
| jiào yì / jiao4 yi4
kyougi / kyogi / きょうぎ
creed; doctrine; teachings
creed; doctrine; dogma; (male given name) Michiaki
The meaning of a teaching, or doctrine; teaching and meaning
|kuriido / kurido / クリード||
(personal name) Creed
|shitoshinjou / shitoshinjo / しとしんじょう||
|shitoshinkyou / shitoshinkyo / しとしんきょう||
|dokushinshugi / どくしんしゅぎ||
voluntary singlehood (as a principle or creed); singlehood by choice
|keieirinen / keerinen / けいえいりねん||
management philosophy; management principles; managerial creed
|nikaiashinjou / nikaiashinjo / ニカイアしんじょう||
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