I (wǒ), the hand that is holding a weapon
When learning Chinese characters you will be tought that Chinese characters are divided in six categories (六書 liùshū or "Six Writings").
To one of the six categories belong the characters that are created by two or more pictographics to a "joined meaning" (會意 huì yì ).
木 ［木］ mù = 1 tree
林 ［林］ lín = 2 x trees = forest
Here some more "joined meanings" or so called "ideogrammic compounds" :
亻 man leaning at a 木 tree = resting 休 xiū
日 sun and 月 moon = bright 明 míng
女 woman with a 子 child = good 好 hǎo
力 strength working on a 田 ricefield = male 男 nán
豕 pig under a 宀 roof = family, home 家 jiā
手 hand holding a 戈 weapon = I 我 wǒ
Isn't this interesting how the Chinese sign for "I" (我 wǒ) was composed (above picture) ?
I am "The hand that is holding a weapon" !
This results from really rough times. If you cannot defend yourself, you cannot exist !
Actually, my latest Chinese teacher told me that the sign 我 (wǒ, engl.: I ) is a combination of the sign for "corn" (or grain) and the sign for "weapon" (here: lance). The corn is to feed yourself and the weapon is to defend yourself.
I could not verify if corn (禾 hé) is meant here for the first sign or if it is rather the hand 手. If there is a Chinese expert among my readers, please feel free to comment about that post!
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