Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Deer Radical 198



I think this radical reminds us there was a time when deer were abundant in China when the majority of mountains and hills were forested and the deer wandered into the lowlands. There's another character using this radical that means the land around the bottom of hills and mountains probably open woodlands  as it shows two trees over the deer radical and then there's the Hanzi for dust which is deer leaving dust in their trail. This is lot more obvious in the seal script forms which show the horns and the lower part are much more legs.

Every character has a story!