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Actress – Initial


Set (place) – final


Props – components and position

Scene – meaning









“Ten” is a chronicle rope full of knots

The original meaning of the coinage of “ten” is: noun, a rope used to tie a knot to record events, representing a full number and a total number. From the bronze inscriptions, it has become a reference word. The oracle bone inscription of “ten” is a pictographic character, like a hanging rope used to record events. The ancients used knotted ropes to record and count, and a rope represented a chronicle theme, representing the whole. Bronze inscriptions inherit the oracle bone glyphs. Some bronze inscriptions add dots on the rope to indicate events, which means that the knot is a record. In some bronze inscriptions, the round dot sign indicating knot is written as a short horizontal sign. Seal script inherits the shape of the bronze script. “Shuowen Jiezi” said: Ten is the tool of counting. One is east and west, and 丨 is north and south, then the center of the four directions is prepared. ten, indicating that all the required decimal digits are available. “One” represents the east and west of the world, “丨” represents the north and south of the world, and the intersection of “one” and “|” becomes “ten”, which means that the east, west, north, south, and center are all complete.

The evolution of ten

The ancients believed that ten was a sign of a complete number, so “ten” also means complete, complete, and reaching the extreme, such as ten, full. “Perfect” comes from this. It is also used as “shi” to refer to complex, such as the ancient “shijin” is also called “ten brocade”.

The numbers in Chinese characters are not just a few counting numbers as we imagined. The creation of characters itself is a long process, which gathers the profound wisdom of the Chinese ancestors to understand the sky and the earth. Their profound meanings are integrated into the blood of Chinese culture and have been affecting the present.

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