Monday, June 14, 2021

The 11 Virtues of Jade

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“Jade worship” is a common phenomenon among Chinese around the world. It was established in China thousands of years ago. The culture of jade worship began in ancient times when jade was seen as being symbolic of rulers and having a connection to God. Jade was considered to be at a level as high as a ruler. From ancient eras to modern times, it is believed jade has an inherent characteristic that allows it to dispel misfortune.

Jade was mined in China as early as 6,000 B.C. It was regarded as being spiritual and composed of the essences of Heaven and Earth that could protect people from evil and disasters. Jade was also a favorite medium to craft into ancient Chinese scholars’ objects due to its symbolization of noble character. Even Confucius said: “Jade has 11 virtues.” Therefore, everyone — the true nobleman and even the imposter — worships jade and wears it.

The 11 virtues of jade:
1. Jade imparts a feeling of warmth and kindness, which stands for benevolence.
2. Jade has a dense and rigid texture, which stands for wisdom.
3. Jade has sharp edges in hidden orientations, which stands for righteousness.
4. Jade can be carved and neatly worn, which stands for good manners.
5. Jade can emit clear and elegant melodies upon striking, which stands for music.
6. Defects on jade do not mask its beauty, and jade never hides its defects, which stands for loyalty.
7. Jade never covers its brightness, which stands for truthfulness.
8. In different lights, jade shows many colors like a rainbow toward the sky, which stands for Heaven.
9. Jade shows its spirit is as enormous as the highest mountain and the deepest ocean, which stands for the Earth.
10. Jade is carved into ritual implements, which stand for morality.
11. All jade on the Earth is precious and dignified, for jade is virtue.

Translated by Jean Chen

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David Jirard
David was born in the Midwestern section of the U.S. during the turbulent sixties. At an early age he took an interest in music and during high school and college played lead guitar for various local bands. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, he left the local music scene to work on a road crew installing fiber optic cable on telephone poles in various cities. After having to climb up a rotted pole surrounded by fencing, he turned to the world of I.T. where he now shares laughter with his wife and tends to his beehives in between writing articles on Chinese culture and social issues.
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