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hole; Confucius
Kanji 1241

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Synopsis

It makes sense to find our kanji as “hole” in terms such as “nostril,” “porous,” “perforation,” “vent,” and “buttonhole.” What a surprise, though, to discover its connections to Confucius on the one hand and peacocks on the other. By studying peacocks we end up contemplating ancient Indian beliefs, ferns, malachite, and the dining habits of medieval elites from Europe to Japan! 

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1241 on 孔, titled "The Hole in Holiness"
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