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Filial Piety

xiào
kou
Filial Piety Vertical Wall Scroll

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 our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Confucius

The Dao of Filial Piety

xiào dào
kou dou
The Dao of Filial Piety Vertical Wall Scroll

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

Filial Piety / Filial Conduct

xiào xìng
koukou
Filial Piety / Filial Conduct Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Honor for Ancestors

zǔ xiān chóng bài
so sen suu hai
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll

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.


拝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.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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xiào / xiao4
hsiao
 kō / こう;きょう(ok)
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll
filial piety or obedience; mourning apparel
(See 孝行・1) filial piety; (given name) Yasuaki
Filial, obedient; filial piety

孝行

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 koukou / koko / こうこう
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (See 親孝行) filial piety; (2) showing devotion (to someone); (given name) Takayuki

孝道

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xiào dao / xiao4 dao5
hsiao tao
 koudou / kodo / こうどう
Honor for Ancestors Vertical Wall Scroll
filial piety (Confucian virtue); to be a good son or daughter
filial piety; (given name) Takamichi

三福

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sān fú / san1 fu2
san fu
 sanpuku / みふく
(place-name, surname) Mifuku
The three (sources of) felicity: (1) The 無量壽經 has the felicity of (a) 世福 filial piety, regard for elders, keeping the ten commandments; (b) 戒福 of keeping the other commandments; (c) 行福 of resolve on complete bodhi and the pursuit of the Buddha-way. (2) The 倶舍論 18, has the blessedness of (a) 施類福 almsgiving, in evoking resultant wealth; (b) 戒類福 observance of the 性戒 (against killing, stealing, adultery, lying) and the 遮戒 (against alcohol, etc.), in obtaining a happy lot in the heavens; (c) 修類福 observance of meditation in obtaining final escape from the mortal round. Cf. 三種淨業; three felicitous acts

不孝

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bù xiào / bu4 xiao4
pu hsiao
 fukyō / ふこう(P);ふきょう
unfilial
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) undutifulness to one's parents; lack of filial piety; (2) (ふきょう only) (archaism) (See 八虐) (the crime of) cursing one's parents; (3) (ふきょう only) (archaism) disowning one's child
unfilial

五倫


五伦

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wǔ lún / wu3 lun2
wu lun
 gorin / ごりん
the five Confucian relationships (ruler-subject, father-son, brother-brother, husband-wife, friend-friend)
the five Confucian filial-piety relationships

反哺

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fǎn bǔ / fan3 bu3
fan pu
 hanpo / はんぽ
to support one's parents in their old age; to show filial piety; to to repay; to return a favor
caring for one's parents in return; (given name) Hanpo

喪棒


丧棒

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sāng bàng / sang1 bang4
sang pang
funeral stick (held by the son as a sign of filial piety)

嘗糞


尝粪

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cháng fèn / chang2 fen4
ch`ang fen / chang fen
 shoufun / shofun / しょうふん
to taste a patient's excrement (a form of medical examination, seen as an act of loyalty or filial piety); to suck up to sb; to kiss ass
shamelessly flattering; brown-nosing; licking excrement

孝弟

see styles
 takayasu / たかやす filial piety; brotherly love; (given name) Takayasu

孝心

see styles
xiào xīn / xiao4 xin1
hsiao hsin
 koushin / koshin / こうしん
filial piety (a Confucian obligation); respect and obedience to one's parents
filial devotion; (personal name) Koushin

孝悌

see styles
xiào tì / xiao4 ti4
hsiao t`i / hsiao ti
 takayoshi / たかよし
filial piety and fraternal duty
filial piety; brotherly love; (male given name) Takayoshi

孝敬

see styles
xiào jìng / xiao4 jing4
hsiao ching
 koukei / koke / こうけい
to show filial respect; to give presents (to one's elders or superiors); to support one's aged parents
filial piety; (male given name) Takayoshi

孝経

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 koukyou / kokyo / こうきょう the Book of Filial Piety

孝經


孝经

see styles
xiào jīng / xiao4 jing1
hsiao ching
Xiaojing (Classic of Filial Piety)

孝順


孝顺

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xiào shùn / xiao4 shun4
hsiao shun
 kyōjun / こうじゅん
filial; dutiful; devoted to one's parents (and grandparents etc); to show filial piety towards (an older family member); filial piety
(noun or adjectival noun) obedience; filial piety; (personal name) Takayori
Obedient; obedient

忠孝

see styles
zhōng xiào / zhong1 xiao4
chung hsiao
 chūkō / ちゅうこう
loyalty and filial piety; (given name) Chuukou
loyalty and filial piety; loyalty and filial piety

愚孝

see styles
yú xiào / yu2 xiao4
yü hsiao
unquestioning filial piety

至孝

see styles
 shikou / shiko / しこう supreme filial piety; (given name) Yoshitaka

十三經


十三经

see styles
shí sān jīng / shi2 san1 jing1
shih san ching
the Thirteen Confucian Classics, namely: Book of Songs 詩經|诗经[Shi1 jing1], Book of History 尚書|尚书[Shang4 shu1], Rites of Zhou 周禮|周礼[Zhou1 li3], Rites and Ceremonies 儀禮|仪礼[Yi2 li3], Classic of Rites 禮記|礼记[Li3 ji4], Book of Changes 易經|易经[Yi4 jing1], Mr Zuo's Annals 左傳|左传[Zuo3 Zhuan4], Mr Gongyang's Annals 公羊傳|公羊传[Gong1 yang2 Zhuan4], Mr Guliang's Annals 穀梁傳|谷梁传[Gu3 liang2 Zhuan4], The Analects 論語|论语[Lun2 yu3], Erya 爾雅|尔雅[Er3 ya3], Classic of Filial Piety 孝經|孝经[Xiao4 jing1], Mencius 孟子[Meng4 zi3]

哭喪棒


哭丧棒

see styles
kū sāng bàng / ku1 sang1 bang4
k`u sang pang / ku sang pang
mourning staff draped in white, held at a funeral to show filial piety

親不孝

see styles
 oyafukou / oyafuko / おやふこう (noun or adjectival noun) lack of filial piety

親孝行

see styles
 oyakoukou / oyakoko / おやこうこう (n,vs,adj-na) (ant: 親不孝) filial piety

二十四孝

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èr shí sì xiào / er4 shi2 si4 xiao4
erh shih ssu hsiao
the Twenty-four Filial Exemplars, classic Confucian text on filial piety from Yuan dynasty

五倫の道

see styles
 gorinnomichi / ごりんのみち the five Confucian filial-piety relationships

仁義忠孝

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 jingichuukou / jingichuko / じんぎちゅうこう (yoji) humanity, justice, loyalty, and filial piety

忠孝仁義

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 chuukoujingi / chukojingi / ちゅうこうじんぎ (yoji) loyalty, filial piety, humanity, and justice

烏鳥私情


乌鸟私情

see styles
wū niǎo sī qíng / wu1 niao3 si1 qing2
wu niao ssu ch`ing / wu niao ssu ching
lit. the solicitude of the crow (who provides for his old parent)(idiom); fig. filial piety

孝弟;孝悌

see styles
 koutei / kote / こうてい filial piety; brotherly love

百善孝為先


百善孝为先

see styles
bǎi shàn xiào wéi xiān / bai3 shan4 xiao4 wei2 xian1
pai shan hsiao wei hsien
of all virtues filial piety is most important (idiom)

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Lookup Filial Piety in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Filial Pietykou / koxiào / xiao4 / xiaohsiao
The Dao of Filial Piety孝道kou dou / koudou / ko do / kodoxiào dào / xiao4 dao4 / xiao dao / xiaodaohsiao tao / hsiaotao
Filial Piety
Filial Conduct
孝行koukou / kokoxiào xìng
xiao4 xing4
xiao xing
xiaoxing
hsiao hsing
hsiaohsing
Honor for Ancestors祖先崇拜
祖先崇拜 / 祖先崇拝
so sen suu hai
sosensuuhai
so sen su hai
sosensuhai
zǔ xiān chóng bài
zu3 xian1 chong2 bai4
zu xian chong bai
zuxianchongbai
tsu hsien ch`ung pai
tsuhsienchungpai
tsu hsien chung pai
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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