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Today, in this segment of culturally speaking, we will delve into an excerpt from Yuweicaotang Notes, that originated in the Qing Dynasty. The Qing Dynasty was the last of China’s dynasty and reigned from 1644-1912. In this short segment, we will hear a mysterious account of a Taoist’s talk about destiny and how it related to a public official’s duty in serving the people.

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Hello and welcome to Culturally Speaking on the SOH Network. This is Catherine Hennessy with you. Today’s Culturally Speaking’s article, The Rich and Varied Use of Idioms in Chinese Culture, is contributed by Zhi Zhen.

Chinese idioms have been developed and refined over the long history of the Chinese language. They are succinct and pithy. Most idioms contain four Chinese characters, such as, (有声有色) This literally means “having sound and having color”; that is, “vivid” and “impressive.”

Some idioms consist of only three or over four characters, such as,(桃李满天下) which contains five characters. This literally means “peach and plum flowers blooming all over the world.” This is used to describe a teacher who has many students.

Another example includes, (有志者事竟成) This idiom is used to convey that a person with a great aspiration can ultimately succeed in what he or she does.

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Early culture from all lands embodies a wealth of rich folk-lores. Again, today’s simple but reflective idiom on Ancient Tales of Wisdom tells of a classic example as to how simple acts of kindness, and good deeds given from a noble and righteous heart will in way and time, always reward the selfless giver.
Greetings to you all, and welcome to today’s Ancient Tale of Wisdom. Hi, this is Laura Market back with you to share more great words from the wise. Today’s story is about the happening that gave rise to the Ancient Chinese idiom entitled: “Irrigating the Neighboring States Melon Fields.”
Before becoming a high-ranking official, Song Jiu was a magistrate of Bian County near the border of the Liang State. On the other side of the border was the Chu State. Both states grew melons, and the border patrols would check out each other’s melon harvests. The Liang State’s people were very diligent in farming and irrigated the melon fields frequently; therefore, their melons grew well. The Chu State’s people often dodged work and neglected tending and irrigating their melon fields. Consequently, their melons grew poorly.

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Once upon a time, there was a small island where many beings lived. Happiness, Sorrow, Knowledge, and Love, along with other Emotions, lived on this island.

One day, the Emotions learned the island was about to sink. Everyone then prepared to leave the island, except Love.

Love insisted that she would stay until the very last minute.

A few days later, when the island was about to sink, Love thought of asking for help. At that time, she saw Wealth passing by in a big ship.
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This is corinne malaske with an allegory for you. As some may know, but others not. An allegory is an artform whose parts or components symbolize meanings.  This can be done in a symbolic type of a story, painting, emblem or sculpture. A dove is a symbol or emblem for peace; while a cupid or heart symbolizes love. All of us can think of many more examples, but I offer this Allegory to ponder. I first read it a few years ago and several times since. Upon reading it again recently, I found my understandings had changed from before.  What will you understand from this story?
An Allegory of Cultivation: A Stubborn Water Bottle

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