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皿” (Plate) and “血” (Blood)

  • Today, I will talk about the derivations of the similar kanji “皿” (which means “plate”) and “血” (which means “blood”).


    The kanji “皿” comes from a hieroglyphic character that symbolizes “plate”.

    In the kanji “血”, the added shape “ノ” on “皿” means a cup of blood, and “血” expresses a plate that contains blood.

    In the past in China, it’s said that people devoted human’s (or animal’s) blood poured into a plate to God during festivals.

    This is the reason why “plate” and “blood” have the similar kanji.

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