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The Meaning of XING
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“the ancient word for family name (
xing) is a compound of symbols for ‘woman’ and ‘bear’, suggesting a typical matrilineal totem-clan.”
--- Does it say that the word "xing" is a family name? And that the word "xing" is a combination of symbols relating to a woman and to a bear.
I'm also not sure I understand that part about "totem-clan"?
The quotation is as follows:
As another scholar, Brian Griffith, notes, ‘the ancient word for “family name” (xing) is a compound of symbols for woman and bear, suggesting a typical matrilineal totem-clan.’
Thanks Soup, however using the same words/terms when paraphrasing doesn't help much :0
So, does the phrase "is a compound of symbols for woman and bear" means "is a combination of symbols relating to woman and bear"?
I understand that "suggesting a typical matrilineal totem-clan" means that the word "xing" suggests that the totem-clan (whatever that means) was matrilineal?
Yes. According the Brian Griffith, the symbol for woman suggests that. The symbol for bear, an animal, represents the totem, or spiritual name for the clan.Originally Posted by GUEST2008
Last edited by Soup; 09-Oct-2009 at 12:55.
I read somewhere that the word "bear" refers to "giving birth" not to an animal. So a woman plus giving birth.