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Devil in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Overcome the Devil
  2. Repel Evil / Expel the Devil
  3. Evil Cause, Evil Result
  4. Fear No Evil
  5. Good and Evil
  6. Distinguish Good and Evil
  7. Fear No Evil

Overcome the Devil

China xiáng mó
Japan gou ma
Overcome the Devil

降魔 means to overcome the Devil, Satan, Demons or Evil. There's a lot of ways to translate this including conquering the devil, evil spirits, evil influences, or someone who habitually performs negative/evil acts.

In Buddhist context, it means to overcome demons, e.g. as the Buddha did at his enlightenment.

Repel Evil / Expel the Devil

China qū mó
Repel Evil / Expel the Devil

驅魔 is the way you would write a sign or symbol to repel the devil or drive away evil in Chinese.

Evil Cause, Evil Result

Meaning: You reap what you sow
Japan akuin akka
Evil Cause, Evil Result

This Japanese proverb means, "Evil cause, evil effect" or "Bad causes bring bad results."

The English equivalent is probably, "Sow evil and reap evil" or more commonly, "You reap what you sow."

Note: 悪因悪果 is also considered to be a Buddhist phrase encompassing the idea of karmic retribution.

Fear No Evil

China bú pà xié è
Fear No Evil

This literally means, "no fear evil." Chinese grammar and word order is a little different than English. 不怕邪惡 is the best way to write something that means "fear no evil" in Chinese.

The first character means "not," "don't" or "no."
The second means "fear."
The last two mean "evil" but can also be translated as sinister, vicious, wickedness, or just "bad."

Good and Evil

Japan zenakufuni
Good and Evil

善悪不二 is a Japanese Buddhist expression that states, "Good [and] evil [are] not two [separate things]." A more natural way to express this in English is, "Good and evil are but two faces of the same coin."

Distinguish Good and Evil

China zhāng shàn dàn è
Distinguish Good and Evil

彰善癉惡 is a Chinese proverb that means, "distinguish good and evil," "uphold virtue and condemn evil," "praise good and expose vice," or "uphold good condemn evil."

Fear No Evil

Japan aku o osore nai
Fear No Evil

This is "Fear No Evil" in Japanese.

Japanese grammar and phrase construction is different than English, so this literally reads, "Evil Fear Not."

The "evil" Kanji can also be translated as "wickedness."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Overcome the Devil降魔gou ma / gouma / go ma / gomaxiáng mó / xiang2 mo2 / xiang mo / xiangmohsiang mo / hsiangmo
Repel Evil
Expel the Devil
驅魔
驱魔
qū mó / qu1 mo2 / qu mo / qumoch`ü mo / chümo / chü mo
Evil Cause, Evil Result悪因悪果akuin akka / akuinakka / akuin aka / akuinaka
Fear No Evil不怕邪惡
不怕邪恶
bú pà xié è
bu2 pa4 xie2 e4
bu pa xie e
bupaxiee
pu p`a hsieh o
pupahsieho
pu pa hsieh o
Good and Evil善悪不二zenakufuni
Distinguish Good and Evil彰善癉惡
彰善瘅恶
zhāng shàn dàn è
zhang1 shan4 dan4 e4
zhang shan dan e
zhangshandane
chang shan tan o
changshantano
Fear No Evil悪を恐れないaku o osore nai
akuoosorenai
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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