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Black Tortoise
Wadang-xuanwu.jpg
Xuán Wǔ sculptur on the eaves tile
Chinese name
Cheenese 玄武
Literal meanin 玄, black or abstruse;
武, martialism
Vietnamese name
Quốc ngữ Huyền Vũ
Korean name
Hangul 현무
Hanja 玄武
Japanese name
Kanji 玄武
Hiragana げんぶ

The Black Tortoise is ane o the Fower Seembols o the Cheenese constellations. It is sometimes cried the Black Warrior o the North (北方玄武, Běi Fāng Xuán Wǔ), an is kent as Xuanwu in Cheenese, Genbu in Japanese, Hyeonmu in Korean an Huyền Vũ in Vietnamese. It represents the north an the winter saison. Although its name in Cheenese, Xuánwǔ, is aften translatit as Black Tortoise in Scots, it is uisually depictit as baith a tortoise an a snake, specifically wi the snake coilin aroond the tortoise.

The Seiven Mansions o the Black Tortoise[eedit | eedit soorce]

As the ither three Seembols, thare are seiven "mansions," or positions, o the muin athin Black Tortoise. The names an determinative starns are:[1][2]

Mansion no. Name (pinyin) Translation Determinative starn
8 斗 (Dǒu) (Soothren) Dipper φ Sgr
9 牛 (Niú) Ox β Cap
10 女 (Nǚ) Girl ε Aqr
11 虛 (Xū) Emptiness β Aqr
12 危 (Wēi) Rooftop α Aqr
13 室 (Shì) Encampment α Peg
14 壁 (Bì) Wall γ Peg

Oreegin[eedit | eedit soorce]

In auncient Cheenae, the tortoise an the snake wur thocht tae be spiritual creaturs seembolisin longevity. Durin the Han Dynasty, fowk aften wore jade pendants that wur in the shape o tortoises. Acause o auncient Cheenese influence on Japan, honorific titles an badges in Japan aften referred tae the tortoise or images o tortoises.

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References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "The Chinese Sky". International Dunhuang Project. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  2. Sun, Xiaochun (1997). Helaine Selin, ed. Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Kluwer Academic Publishers. p. 517. ISBN 0-7923-4066-3 (HB) Check |isbn= value (help). Retrieved 2011-06-25. 

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