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Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
pò jìng chóng yuán
Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll

A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:


You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon but as for you, I see not a trace.


The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb, 破鏡重圓, is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce) but have come back together (or remarried).
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Broken Mirror Rejoined破鏡重圓
破镜重圆
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
pojingchongyuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
pochingchungyüan
po ching chung yüan
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

印度

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yìn dù
    yin4 du4
yin tu
 Indo
    いんど
Broken Mirror Rejoined Scroll
India
(ateji / phonetic) (kana only) India; (place-name) India
印特伽; 身毒; 賢豆; 天竺 Indu (meaning 'moon' in Sanskrit), Hindu, Sindhu; see also 信度 and 閻浮 India in general. In the Tang dynasty its territory is described as extending over 90, 000 li in circuit, being bounded on three sides by the sea; north it rested on the Snow mountains 雪山, i. e. Himālayas; wide at the north, narrowing to the south, shaped like a half-moon; it contained over seventy kingdoms, was extremely hot, well watered and damp; from the centre eastwards to 震旦 China was 58, 000 li; and the same distance southwards to 金地國, westwards to 阿拘遮國, and northwards to 小香山阿耨達.

半月

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bàn yuè
    ban4 yue4
pan yüeh
 hangetsu; hantsuki(p)
    はんげつ; はんつき(P)
half-moon; fortnight
(1) (はんげつ only) {astron} half-moon; (2) half a month; (3) (はんげつ only) semicircle; (surname, given name) Hangetsu
half a month; half a month

半輪

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 hanrin
    はんりん
(noun - becomes adjective with の) semicircle; half-moon

叔離


叔离

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shú lí
    shu2 li2
shu li
 shukuri
Śukla, or Śukra, white, silvery; the waxing half of the moon, or month; one of the asterisms, 'the twenty-fourth of the astronomical Yogas, ' M. W.; associated with Venus; (Skt. śukla)

四爐


四炉

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sì lú
    si4 lu2
ssu lu
 shiro
The four furnaces, or altars of the esoteric cult, each differing in shape: earth, square; water, round; fire, triangular; wind, half-moon shape.

天竺

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tiān zhú
    tian1 zhu2
t`ien chu
    tien chu
 tenjiku
    てんじく
the Indian subcontinent (esp. in Tang or Buddhist context)
(1) (obsolete) India; (2) (abbreviation) (See 天竺木綿) cotton sheeting; (prefix noun) (3) foreign; imported; (prefix noun) (4) ultra-spicy; extra hot; (place-name, surname) Tenjiku
(天竺國) India; 竹 zhu is said to have the same sound as 篤 tu, suggesting a connection with the 度 tu in 印度 Indu; other forms are 身毒 Sindhu, Scinde; 賢豆 Hindu; and 印持伽羅. The term is explained by 月 moon, which is the meaning of Indu, but it is said to be so called because the sages of India illumine the rest of the world: or because of the half-moon shape of the land, which was supposed to be 90, 000 li in circumference, and placed among other kingdoms like the moon among the stars. Another name is 因陀羅婆他那 ? Indravadana, or Indrabhavana, the region where Indra dwells. A hill and monastery near Hangchow.

小爪

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 kozume
    こづめ
half-moon (of a fingernail); (place-name) Kozume

弦月

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xián yuè
    xian2 yue4
hsien yüeh
 gengetsu
    げんげつ
half-moon; the 7th and 8th and 22nd and 23rd of the lunar month
crescent moon; (given name) Gengetsu

白月

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bái yuè
    bai2 yue4
pai yüeh
 byakugatsu
    しろつき
(surname) Shirotsuki
śuklapakṣa 自分; the bright, i. e. first half of the month, as contrasted with the 黑分 kṛṣṇapakṣa, dark or latter half; bright time of the moon

黑分

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hēi fēn
    hei1 fen1
hei fen
黑月 kṛṣṇapakṣa, the darkening, or latter half of the month, the period of the waning moon; dark part [of the month]

五大形

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wǔ dà xíng
    wu3 da4 xing2
wu ta hsing
 godai gyō
The symbols of the five elements— earth as square, water round, fire triangular, wind half-moon, and space a combination of the other four; shapes of the five great elements

五輪觀


五轮观

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wǔ lún guān
    wu3 lun2 guan1
wu lun kuan
 gorin kan
五輪三摩地 A meditation of the esoteric school on the five elements, earth, water, fire, air, and space, with their germ-words, their forms (i. e. square, round, triangular, half-moon, and spherical), and their colors (i. e. yellow, white, red, black, and blue). The five wheels also represent the Five Dhyāni-Buddhas, v. 五智. The object is that 五輪成身 the individual may be united with the five Buddhas, or Vairocana; meditation on the five elements

仰月點


仰月点

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yǎng yuè diǎn
    yang3 yue4 dian3
yang yüeh tien
 gyōgatten
A half-moon on its back, i. e. ⌣, a sign in the esoteric sect; a half-moon on its back

半月形

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 hangetsukei; hangetsugata / hangetsuke; hangetsugata
    はんげつけい; はんげつがた
(can be adjective with の) semicircular; crescent-shaped; half-moon

十二火天

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shí èr huǒ tiān
    shi2 er4 huo3 tian1
shih erh huo t`ien
    shih erh huo tien
 jūnikaten
The homa-, or fire-spirits; Whose representations, colours, magic words, signs, symbols, and mode of worship are given in the 大日經疏20. Also 十二火尊; 十二種火法. The twelve fire-spirits are: (1) Indra or Vairocana, the discoverer or source of fire, symbolizing 智 knowledge; (2) the moon 行滿 which progresses to fullness, with mercy as root and enlightenment as fruit, i,e. Buddha; (3) the wind, represented as a half-moon, fanner of fame, of zeal, and by driving away dark clouds, of enlightenment; (4) the red rays of the rising sun, rohitaka, his swords (or rays) indicating 議 wisdom; (5) 沒M004101拏 a form half stern, half smiling, sternly driving away the passions and trials; (6) 忿怒 irate, bellowing with open mouth, showing four teeth, flowing locks, one eye closed; (7) 闍吒羅 fire burning within, i.e. the inner witness, or realization; (8) 迄灑耶 the waster, or destroyer of waste and injurious products within, i.e. inner purification; (9) 意生 the producer at will, capable of all variety, resembling Viśvakarman, the Brahmanic Vulcan; (10) 羯羅微 the fire-eater; (11) untraceable; (12) 謨賀那 the completer, also the subduer of demons; twelve fire celestials

ハーフムーンベイ

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 haafumuunbei / hafumunbe
    ハーフムーンベイ
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