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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.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Loving Grandmother||慈祥的祖母||cí xiáng de zǔ mǔ|
ci2 xiang2 de zu3 mu3
ci xiang de zu mu
|tz`u hsiang te tsu mu
tzu hsiang te tsu mu
|Loving Grandmother||慈祥的奶奶||cí xiáng de nǎi nai|
ci2 xiang2 de nai3 nai
ci xiang de nai nai
|tz`u hsiang te nai nai
tzu hsiang te nai nai
|Loving Grandmother||慈祥的姥姥||cí xiáng de lǎo lao|
ci2 xiang2 de lao3 lao
ci xiang de lao lao
|tz`u hsiang te lao lao
tzu hsiang te lao lao
|Loving Grandmother||慈祥的外婆||cí xiáng de wài pó|
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 po2
ci xiang de wai po
|tz`u hsiang te wai p`o
tzu hsiang te wai po
|Loving Grandmother||慈祥的外祖母||cí xiáng de wài zǔ mǔ|
ci2 xiang2 de wai4 zu3 mu3
ci xiang de wai zu mu
|tz`u hsiang te wai tsu mu
tzu hsiang te wai tsu mu
|qín ài de zǔ mǔ|
qin2 ai4 de zu3 mu3
qin ai de zu mu
|ch`in ai te tsu mu
chin ai te tsu mu
|qín ài de nǎi nai|
qin2 ai4 de nai3 nai
qin ai de nai nai
|ch`in ai te nai nai
chin ai te nai nai
|qín ài de lǎo lao|
qin2 ai4 de lao3 lao
qin ai de lao lao
|ch`in ai te lao lao
chin ai te lao lao
|qín ài de wài pó|
qin2 ai4 de wai4 po2
qin ai de wai po
|ch`in ai te wai p`o
chin ai te wai po
|qín ài de wài zǔ mǔ|
qin2 ai4 de wai4 zu3 mu3
qin ai de wai zu mu
|ch`in ai te wai tsu mu
chin ai te wai tsu mu
|祖母||so bo / sobo|
|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
|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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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.
There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.
Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.
The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.
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