nu shu: women’s secret writing

teng ai: type of mother love (2)

laotong: old sames

mou: Chinese unit of land measurement, about 806.65 square yards, 0.165 acre, or 666.5 square meters

congee: rice porridge

jin: unit of weight in China, also called a “Catty”

feng shui: An ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive chi ; literal English translation- “wind-water”

nei: inner realm of home

wai: outer realm of men

chi: An active principle forming part of any living thing ; “lifeforce” or “energy flow”

buluo fujia: custom of not falling permanently into the husband’s home until bride has bcome pregnant
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jinshi scholar: A scholar who had passed the imperial examination, the highest level of imperial scholar

li: traditional Chinese unit of distance of about 500 meters, half a kilometer, or 1640 feet

Yin: dark, negative, passive, downward, cold, contracting, and weak part of the opposing forces of Yin-Yang

Yang: bright, positive, active, upward, hot, expanding, and strong part of the opposing forces of Yin-Yang

hua jiao: flower-sitting chair

luo: falling

Yonggang: A girl’s name meaning brave and strong like iron

sanzhaoshu: “Marriage Congratulation” or “Wedding Text” ; Text that is part of a wedding custom and is delivered to the bride

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