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Chinese Scripts Before Turtle

30 July 2010

The red mark on the yellow object looks very much like the sign on a torpedo that destroyed a South Korean warship. But there are differences. Firstly, the broken object on display is not a torpedo scooped out of the sea but a pottery jar unearthed from a Chinese tomb. Secondly, the red mark was not created with a mark pen by, probably, a South Korean investigator or an U.S. Navy officer, but inscribed with a brush pen by, without doubt, a Chinese. Thirdly, the red sign is not a Korean word evolved from Chinese character that has its origin in Turtle Script (甲骨文). The sign belongs to a script system that is earlier than the Turtle. In other words, the Turtle Script is not the source of the Chinese written language but the upgrade of an earlier version dating back to 4,000 years ago.

The relics were unearthed in 1984 in Shanxi Province and now for the first time are being displayed in Beijing Museum.

(Source of info/photo: 北京晨报)

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A young lady in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in the lower reach of the Yangtze River, was spotted earlier this month to calmly read her book in the midst of flood. The legs of the stone bench that she was reclining on had all been submerged in water. An stunned passer-by video recorded the scene and posted the clip on the Forum of China Voice (华声论坛) under Netnamed On Other Side Of Sea (海的那边)

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