ーa lecture using Power Point for the exhibition in foreign countriesー
1 - This is a character "wind".
We can see this character on the bone of ox in 1500 BC.
2 - Can you see the birthplace of civilization on the map?
This is the river Tigris and this is the Euphrates. In the
rich land between these two rivers,Sumerian lived in around 3000 BC.
They had a high technique of writing and had influence on
other tribes. HIEROGLYPH in Egypt and Chinese characters came
Today I'll tell you about Chinese characters first.
3 - About 100 years ago,in 1899, at Anyang in China,
there was a big excavation.
They were the relics of the Yin dynasty in the year 1500 BC.
4 - There were many shells of tortoise and bones of ox.
In the oldest dynasty Yin, people carved the characters on the shell
of tortoise or on the bone of ox.
Can you see the character "wind" here,on the bone?
This character "wind" is the shape of a phoenix.
The ancients thought the wind blew when the phoenix flew with
a flap of the wings.
5 - At the same time, this bronze vessel was discovered there, too.
These characters were inside the vessel. This is a character "woman."
It is the shape of "a kneeling person with twisted her arms."
6 - I wrote this on the model of the character on the bronze vessel.