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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"?



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    Check this article...
    The Meaning of XING

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    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.’

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    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?

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    Hi
    So, does the phrase "is a compound of symbols for woman and bear" means "is a combination of symbols relating to woman and bear"?
    Yes. In other words, two symbols (one for woman and one for bear) form the word for "family name".

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    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.
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    I read somewhere that the word "bear" refers to "giving birth" not to an animal. So a woman plus giving birth.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I read somewhere that the word "bear" refers to "giving birth" not to an animal. So a woman plus giving birth.

    thanks
    bear - definition of bear by the Online Dictionary from Datasegment.com

    Definition: Bear (Meaning of Bear)

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