shì spirit; altar


Number of strokes 4

Radical

Index 113 used in: fú (good fortune) ; lǐ (ceremony) ; zǔ (grandfather)

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Sounds same

shì (is) shì (matter) shì (market) shì (life) shì (bachelor) shì (clan name) shì (to show)

Different tone

shī (lion) shī shī (to lose) shī (corpse) shí (ten) shí (time) shí (rock) shí (real) shí (food) shí (eat) shǐ (history) shǐ (to begin) shǐ (arrow) shǐ (pig)
Full character form of this simplified radical: shì

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stroke order for 礻
Stroke order for character 礻, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Chinese elements

While the greeks had four elements (air, water, fire and earth) the Chinese had five (wood, metal, fire, earth and water) these should not be considered the same as chemical constituents, they are like phases of matter. So 'life' essence is wood, 'liquid' essence is water, 'gas' essence is fire. The Chinese built up a very complex system of interrelation between these elements trying to explain all phenomena as a blend of five basic properties. It came to dominate Chinese science and governed affairs at court. For example the correct time of year for executions was autumn because autumn is associated with death.
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