Argument for a Structural Analysis of Chinese Characters

to feel or touch with hands; to hold, to lay the hand on, to cover

jiu4 liu3 yu2 (lau5)

lay hands on; to cover; stoke, pat, feel by hand, grope
men2 (mun4)

These two characters make a case for similar shape = similar meaning. In fact, the Seal Script of

diagram comparing characters for men and ovum
share many similarities. Females in the form of pretty and charming girls make ovums and, consequently, plurality, especially when a male first wakes up in the morning and testosterone is at its highest levels. This is a likely time for sex, which often results in an ovum, hence the relationship of the shapes of all these characters: they represent the “gate” of the Fallopian tubes.

diagram comparing Chinese characters for "opening" "begin" and "ovum"

table describing attributes to open initiate start seal script





table describing attributes to egg-ovum-roe-spawn

A virgin?

table describing attributes to mao3-seal-script-gp-character-5-7-am

table describing attributes to pretty-girl-mao3-no-seal


Example # 2:

meng2 (people, sprout)

miao2 (Miao tribe, sprout)

The structural similarity of these two characters and the similarity of their meanings point to the legitimacy of analyzing Chinese characters for their physical components in relationship to their definitions. (Seal Script examples on page 8.)

Example #3:

ge2 (concave)

ao1, wa1 (concave)

This one might seem more of a stretch, but when you consider that xue2/jue2/xue4 ” and bi1 ””) this cave imagery has a consistent look of an opening on one side and a closing on the other. Compare the following examples:

They are all depicting caves.

table describing attributes to meng2-people-sprout


table describing attributes to miao2-surname-miao tribe-sprout

table describing attributes to miao2-sprouts-miao nationality






table describing attributes to vulvatable describing attributes to bi1-vagina


Image of the character for “dusk” is printed in black, overlapping the character for “woman” iin pink

The character for “dusk” is printed in black. The character for “woman” is in pink.

“Dusk” is laid atop “woman” in order to highlight their structural similarities. When characters are depicted similarly, they tend to have a similar meaning. Women have always been associated with the night, for example: “Eve” and “evening.” “Nai” in Chinese means “milk”; in English “nigh” means “close, approach.” Suckling requires closeness.


Jennifer Ball

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