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2. Filial Piety
These two characters express the idea of filial piety or filial conduct. The second character suggests "action" so these are the actions you take to show your respect and obedience to your elders or ancestors.
Confucius is probably the first great advocate for filial piety.
孝 represents filial piety. Some will define this in more common English as "respect for your parents and ancestors."
孝 is a subject deeply emphasized by the ancient philosophy and teachings of Confucius.
Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although generally not considered part of the 7 core virtues of the warrior.
Note: 孝 is not the best of meanings when seen along as a single character. Some will read the single character form to mean "missing my dead ancestors." However, when written at part of Confucian tenets, or in the two-character word that means filial piety, the meaning is better or read differently (context is important for this character).
We suggest one of our other two-character filial piety entries instead of this one.
See Also: Confucius
These two characters most clearly express the Confucian philosophy of filial piety. Confucius taught that all should be respectful and obedient to their parents. Included in this idea is honoring your ancestors.
The second character is "dao/tao" or "the way" as in Taoism. You can say this title is "The Tao of Filial Piety" or "The Way of Filial Piety."
See Also: Confucius
祖先崇拜 means "Appreciation and honor of your ancestors." This can refer to anyone from your grandparents and beyond.
The first two characters mean ancestors or forefathers.
The last two characters mean adore, worship, adoration, or admiration.
祖先崇拜 is the kind of wall scroll that a filial son or daughter in China or Japan would hang to honor their ancestors who paved the way for the new generation.
Japanese use a slight variation on the last Kanji. If you want this specifically Japanese version, just click on the Kanji image to the right (instead of the button above). Note that Japanese people would easily be able to identify the original Chinese form of that Kanji anyway.
They also have a similar phrase in old Korean but the first two characters are reversed - just let me know if you want that version when you place your order.
This literally translates as:
A stick (or switch) produces filial sons; chopsticks produce disobedient [ones].
Figuratively, this means:
Strict discipline produces dutiful children whereas indulgence produces disobedient ones.
This is very similar to this English proverb:
"Spare the rod and spoil the child."
These are the five codes of Tang Soo Do.
I suggest you have this arranged in five columns when you get to the options page for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.
Here are my translations of each of the five codes:
國家忠誠 Be loyal to your country.
父母孝道 In regards to parents, behave in a filial way.
朋友有信 Be faithful in friendship.
殺生有擇 When fighting for life and death, make noble choices.
臨戰無退 No retreat in battle.
Note: "Tang Soo Do" is a romanization of 唐手道. It's 당수도 in Korean Hangul. It can also be romanized as "Tangsudo" or "Dangsudo."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|孝行||koukou / koko||xiào xìng|
|Filial Piety||孝||kou / ko||xiào / xiao4 / xiao||hsiao|
|The Dao of Filial Piety||孝道||kou dou / koudou / ko do / kodo||xiào dào / xiao4 dao4 / xiao dao / xiaodao||hsiao tao / hsiaotao|
|Honor for Ancestors||祖先崇拜|
祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
|so sen suu hai|
so sen su hai
|zǔ xiān chóng bài|
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
zu xian chong bai
|tsu hsien ch`ung pai
tsu hsien chung pai
|Love Between Child and Parents||父慈子孝||fù cí zǐ xiào|
fu4 ci2 zi3 xiao4
fu ci zi xiao
|fu tz`u tzu hsiao
fu tzu tzu hsiao
|Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child||棒頭出孝子箸頭出忤逆||bàng tóu chū xiào zǐ zhù tóu chū wǔ nì|
bang4 tou2 chu1 xiao4 zi3 zhu4 tou2 chu1 wu3 ni4
bang tou chu xiao zi zhu tou chu wu ni
|pang t`ou ch`u hsiao tzu chu t`ou ch`u wu ni
pang tou chu hsiao tzu chu tou chu wu ni
|Five Codes of Tang Soo Do||國家忠誠父母孝道朋友有信殺生有擇臨戰無退|
|guó jiā zhōng chéng fù mǔ xiào dào péng yǒu yǒu xìn shā shēng yǒu zé lín zhàn wú tuì|
guo2 jia1 zhong1 cheng2 fu4 mu3 xiao4 dao4 peng2 you3 you3 xin4 sha1 sheng1 you3 ze2 lin2 zhan4 wu2 tui4
guo jia zhong cheng fu mu xiao dao peng you you xin sha sheng you ze lin zhan wu tui
|kuo chia chung ch`eng fu mu hsiao tao p`eng yu yu hsin sha sheng yu tse lin chan wu t`ui
kuo chia chung cheng fu mu hsiao tao peng yu yu hsin sha sheng yu tse lin chan wu tui
|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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