Glossary

nu shu: women’s secret writing
(2-4,29,30,46-48,59,68,77,87,90,92,105,107,117,122,125,155,172,185,
198,200,201,206,210,238,254,271,316,318,319,332)


teng ai: type of mother love (2)


laotong: old sames
(4,26,52,54-58,60,67,68,70,71,77,79,81,83,93,97,107,
134,144,149,153,154,157,158,160,161,166,169-171,173,177,183,
188,189,203,205,210,223,226,237,242,246,247,267,268,272,274,
276,278,285,287,288,290,291,296,297,301-304,306,308,310,311,
317,320,325,331)


mou: Chinese unit of land measurement, about 806.65 square yards, 0.165 acre, or 666.5 square meters
(9,86,154)


congee: rice porridge
(11,14,91,233,234,236,238)


jin: unit of weight in China, also called a “Catty”
(15,97)


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”
(24,45,92,180,238)


nei: inner realm of home
(28)


wai: outer realm of men
(28)


chi: An active principle forming part of any living thing ; “lifeforce” or “energy flow”
(41,64,327)


buluo fujia: custom of not falling permanently into the husband’s home until bride has bcome pregnant
(47, 143)


jinshi scholar: A scholar who had passed the imperial examination, the highest level of imperial scholar
(53,86,197)


li: traditional Chinese unit of distance of about 500 meters, half a kilometer, or 1640 feet
(68,71,280)


Yin: dark, negative, passive, downward, cold, contracting, and weak part of the opposing forces of Yin-Yang
(101,126,127,313)


Yang: bright, positive, active, upward, hot, expanding, and strong part of the opposing forces of Yin-Yang
(126,127)


hua jiao: flower-sitting chair
(142)


luo: falling
(143)


Yonggang: A girl’s name meaning brave and strong like iron
(148,150,186,201,236,237,292,307,315,316,332)


sanzhaoshu: “Marriage Congratulation” or “Wedding Text” ; Text that is part of a wedding custom and is delivered to the bride
(149,171,172)

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