Agape love 愛(ài) - Chinese etymological origin in the Oracle Bone Script

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愛(ài) LOVE

This Valentine’s Day, discover the TRUTH of 愛, love by tracing its etymological origin in the Chinese Oracle Bone Script

Share your 愛(ài) with the special someone through this expertly curated list of Chinese characters, on this Valentine’s Day~

with an illustration of modern day aesthetics, in juxtaposition with its English explanation and definition. Each illustration bears two red seals, one for the original Oracle Bone Script and one for the Chinestory seal.

愛, traced its etymological origin in the Oracle Bone Script, can be decomposed into three parts:

  • to speak gently(⽋, deep breathing radical)

  • to devote one’s heart(⼼)

  • to toil(夂, reversed toe radical) for the special someone

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愛(ài)

love seal

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to speak gently(⽋, deep breathing radical)

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⼼(xīn)

to devote one’s heart(⼼)

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to toil(夂, reversed toe radical) for the special someone

God is love.
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愛(ài)

The Return of the Prodigal Son

Painting by Rembrandt

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愛(ài)

Love is patient, love is kind…

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愛(ài)

He loved us first…

Over to you

What does love mean to you? How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your part of the world?  Make your comments below.