Harmony and Good Harvest: Celebrating the Spring Festival in the Year of Pig
January 29, 2019 - March 17, 2019 Time: 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Waterscape Courtyard
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I. One Life and Growth in Nature


What is family? The Chinese character "家" (family) corresponds to image.png in Chinese Oracle Bone Inscriptions. As the character pattern shows, it depicts the idea of a pig (豕) inside a house. Together the character represents a stable residence with pigs as an important part of the livestock, meaning that Chinese people no longer engaged in endless migration but had settled down to lead a peaceful and rich life. However, some scholars consider the character"家" as meaning a place to offer sacrifices to the ancestors, basing their arguments on some of the inscriptions of the ruins of Yin, the capital (1350 – 1046 BCE) of the Shang (Yin) Dynasty where archaeologists have found many oracle bones and oracle bone scripts. Others experts have suggested that the character was treated as interchangeable with the character "嘉" in ancient times, the latter character meaning marriage. All in all, it depicts different aspects of people's productive activities and life in an agrarian society. Pigs were of great importance in the development course of agricultural civilization. It was the material basis, a sign of family wealth, a holy sacrifice carrying people's emotion and hope, as well as a symbol for families to strengthen ties and continue long-held values.


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