小篆 Seal Character:
Official Script*: an ancient style of calligraphy current in the Han Dynasty
仙, in modern Chinese, is both a Phonetic Compound and Logical Aggregate, formed from two semantic indicator of 人 (亻, rén, literally means human being, person, man, woman), and 山(shān, literally means mountain, hill). 山 also serves as a phonetic component (shān not xiān, with the same part of compound vowel and tone. Its initial consonant has changed from "sh” o “x”, due to the years of evolution of Chinese phonetics). 亻and 山combines to indicate that a person comes into a mountain to practice austerity in order to become a celestial being or immortal which shall never be subject to death.
Lily explains 仙 like this:
仙 used to be a Logical Aggregate in Seal Character. Its initial form consisted two semantic indicators: on the right is the same 人, and its right part looked like a person stretching high his two hands to fetch a bird's nest. To find a bird’s nest, one usually has to climb up onto a high place, say a treetop. You may see that both the Seal Character and later Official Script of 仙 bear an indication of going or moving upward, rising. Why’s that? Because ancient Chinese assumed whoever wishes to become an immortal must first of all ascend someplace high above. And what’s more, all supernatural beings live high in the happy fairyland, free from the thousands of secular anxieties that are afflicting our common herd all the time.
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Good point. I hadn't toghhut about it quite that way. :)
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