Chinese Character for cluster (集) shows birds flocking on a tree
Chinese character for cluster (集 pronounces as zaap6) originally was a drawing, which shows birds are flocking on a tree.
Frank the tour guide is going to analyze the character “集” and show its changes.
Like birds, people like social gatherings.
However, under the Covid-19 pandemic, people’s close contact during social gatherings may cause the Covid-19 clusters, e.g. Hong Kong’s dance cluster and hotpot cluster.
People should only have social gatherings again after taking vaccinations and the end of pandemic.
Frank hopes he can share interesting stories of Chinese characters with clients during his Hong Kong private tour again after the return of normality!
The origin of Chinese character for cluster (集)was a drawing showing cute birds flocking on a tree
Chinese created Chinese characters through observation and imagination in the past.
The ancient Chinese saw the little cute birds clustered together on a tree for security, preening, warmth and rest.
They drew a picture to record the interesting scene.
Later the picture became the oracle bone inscription for the meaning of cluster and gathering.
Initially that oracle bone inscription had only one bird on the tree!
You may think that it cannot show the meaning of “birds” gather together on the tree.
Some ancient Chinese did share your feeling and they added two more birds to the character when they wrote the character in the Small Seal Script.
At last people standardized the character by keeping only one lucky bird and deleting another two poor birds for convenience.
Although the character with three birds is kept, it is just a rare character today.
The story of “集” shows Chinese characters are ever-changing.
Easy to use is one of the main reasons behind those changes.
Gather together or do private tour again only after Covid-19 pandemic
People like sharing their happiness at social gatherings, birthday party, family reunion dinner etc.
However social gatherings can cause Covid-19 clusters easily under the pandemic.
In Hong Kong there were the hotpot cluster, dance cluster, bar cluster, worship cluster etc.
Therefore people should avoid gathering now to prevent the spread of virus.
People can only have gatherings again after taking Covid-19 vaccinations and the end of pandemic.
Frank the tour guide hopes he can show clients the interesting stories of Chinese characters in his Hong Kong private tour again when Covid-19 dies down.