What are true signs of wealth
After long life and happiness, wealth is the third of these inseparable goals in China. What is understood by wealth has changed over the course of time, and this is also expressed in the various symbols for this term. Recognizing the right measure seems to be the most important thing in this context.
Lu - The wealth
There are many characters in Chinese that directly mean "wealth". Of all the symbol Lu is the most important one, which is still superordinate. Along with Fu - happiness - and Shou - long life - Lu is the third in this series of Chinese gods. All three gods look pretty much the same, the special feature of the wealth god can be found in his clothing - he wears a wide belt trimmed with jade - a symbol of the officials. The character also means nothing other than pay of the civil servants. That means "making a career". Whoever becomes a civil servant also has wealth. The sons are always brought up in such a way that they should study diligently for the clear goal. "All 10,000 things are less, only learning is of great value," is the Confucian virtue. The strict hierarchy means that the people have to make an effort to get up and become a civil servant, for example.
Fu - the real word for wealth
Fu is the actual word for wealth, from the design you can recognize “a wine jug in the house”. The sign looks very similar to the sign Fu - the happiness that represents a wine jug on the sacrificial altar. One always speaks of Fu You - having wealth - as a separate word for wealth. In literary terms, the wealth is called Fu Yü. The symbol Yü is made up of “grain and dress”. For a rich country, the word Fu Qiang is used, which actually means "rich and strong". The essence of wealth is Cai Fu, which in turn means pure material wealth.
Qian - the money
All valuable things belong to Cai Fu, especially money. The Chinese character for money is made up of "metal or gold and weapon". In the museums we can see that the first coins were made in a weapon shape. Before this use, the prehistoric humans used mussels as currency, after the discovery of metals had gained significantly more important functions in life, no one paid any attention to the mussels. Mussels as currency were no longer valuable, but Jian - cheap.
This is how money works in life: when there is peace, everyone has the chance to look for "gold", as the left part of the sign shows, when there is war, everyone takes up their "weapon", as the right part of the sign announces . Money remains powerful in this sense and in all time. Paper money is a matter of trust. You trust the institutions, or rather the countries that control the money. Inflation is the phenomenon that has arisen with it. Because only the "metal money", ie "gold", retains its value unchanged.
Gold pieces are known in China as Yuan Bao - the first treasure. Gold coins even increase their value. They were quickly minted in a different shape, namely round and with a square hole in the middle. This shape corresponds exactly to Chinese mythology. The Chinese believed that the sky was round and the earth was square. The money is honored as the "older brother of the square hole".
Yi Shi Zhu Xing - clothing, food, living and traveling - are part of Cai Fu, material wealth. There was a time when it was called enough when there was enough to dress and eat. Today, in addition to branded clothing and good food, living and traveling are also emphasized. Undoubtedly, that is the difference between living and luxury living. The pursuit of more wealth has become the most important task.
The Chinese New Year is usually greeted with Gong Xi Fa Cai, "Congratulations on getting rich." You hang lucky pictures, including pictures with colorful fish. “To have fish” means You Yü, “to have something left over” also means You Yü. There must also be fish for New Year's dinner, in the hope that there will be something left over every year, i.e. more than enough. Money is given to the children.
Zhi Zu Chang Le - who knows when he's had enough, always has joy. The saying is true truth from life. The only question is, how do you know you've had enough?
Author: Wang Ning
Calligraphy: Wang Ning
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