礻 Petitioning the Ancestors

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xiáng
propitious

=

礻 + 羊yáng
Eastern altar + sheep
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, I have brought my lucky sheep to you to favorably incline you to bless my flock with a propitious yield.

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吉 jí lucky, 瑞 ruì auspicious

chán
meditation

=

礻 + 单dān
Eastern altar + list
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, here is the list of mantras that I have been using in meditation. Can you bless them?

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dǎo
pray

=

礻 + 寿
Eastern altar + longevity
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, more than anything, it is the longevity of our mother for which we pray.

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supplicate

=

礻 + 斤
Eastern altar + catty
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, here is a 斤 jīn of fruit to sweeten our supplication to you for blessings.

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shì
*Eastern altar

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altar modified
Character Notes

the strokes could represent a picture/statue on a shelf, a sash, an incense stick, a piece of fruit; “示字旁”

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衤yī clothing

happiness

=

礻 + 畐fú
Eastern altar + rich man
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, I would like the full-belly and full-wallet kind of happiness this year.

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huò
misfortune

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礻 + 呙guō
Eastern altar + esophagus
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, an esophagus misfortune has come upon this family. Please bless the surgery goes well.

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shì
vision

=

礻shì + 见
Eastern altar + see
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, can you see the television? We don’t know if you still have vision as spirits, but we want to share this modern wonder with you.

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shè
society

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礻shì + 土
Eastern altar + soil
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, the soil you worked is still supporting a prosperous society. Thank you.

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shén
gods

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礻 + 申shēn
Eastern altar + beet
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, we offer these beets for you to help us in petitioning the gods of the harvest.

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zhù
wish well

=

礻 + 兄
Eastern altar + teenager
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, I am just a teenager, so please wish me well on my exams.

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ancestor

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礻 + 且
Eastern altar + shelves
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, on these shelves we have placed pictures of you, our ancestors. May you watch over us.

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ceremony

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礻 + 乚
Eastern altar + dental hook
Character Notes

Dear Ancestors, this dental hook is being offered on the altar in an appeasement ceremony to you, our dentist ancestor, who hasn’t been able to rest in peace. Please accept it and leave us alone. OR 乚 looks like an "L" for lǐ

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