S^an Hai Jin

Charada China (Chifa`)

(cited by book[, chapter] & paragraph)

(cited by number)

5:11:21. "Happy-horse"

1. horse

5:11:22. "Horse[-]indigo" [= dragon-horse, scaly-bodied]

2. butterfly (scaly-winged)

5:11:22. "many human-fish"

3. sailor

5:11:24. "Tiger[-]head"

4. cat

5:11:28. "jaws"

4. mouth

5:11:29. "She[-]whale"

5. nun [hugely significant to religion]

5:12:3. "Turtle"

6. turtle

6:6. "single foot"

7. snail

6:17. "dead"

8. corpse

6:19. "Round[-]ample"

9. elephant

6:20. "a fish"

10. big fish

6:20. ROaST-midget

11. ROoSTer

6:21. mt. MENial

12. whore (MENstruant?)

6:21. Lofty (Yao), who used rhinoceros bone (HChM, s.v. "Yao", p. 228)

13. pimp [who might supply rhinoceros-horn, a reputed aphrodisiac]

6:21. Tell-swift (Ti K>u / Kao-s.in) "commanded a phoenix to dance" (HChM, s.v. "Di Ku", p. 99)

13. peacock [whose strutting is likened to a dance]

6:21. "lies buried on its north face." [North is Chinese direction of death.]

14. cemetery

6:21. tigres

14. tigre

6:21. "leopards"

6:21 "look-flesh" (ever-living "supply of meat" -- p. 237)

15. hound [Pet hounds are often used as living bait for ambushing of leopards (jaguars) in South America.]

6:21. "sob-sigh"

[Pet hounds sympathize empathetically with their human owners.]

6:21. "King Civil"

16. bullhorn [employed in civilian assemblages to call attention]

6:21. mt. Rash {A rash on the skin could be described as "glowing".}

17. moon {Skt. /candra-mas/ litterally "glowing meat"}

6:21. "mynah birds" [Their song is renowned for being human-like.]

18. small fish [likey a reference to the divine fish ekwe of human-like singing in the N~an~igo (Abakwa) cult in Cuba (derived from the Ekoi in Biafra)]

6:21. "roar-cross"

19. worm {"I am a worm [Strong's 8438 /tola<at/ 'crimson-grub'] and no man" (Thilli^m 22 "Psalm of the Cross", verse 6) is usually referred by commentators to a crucified mas^iyah. ("CSW").}

20. cat (deity in Liberia) {lion of the tribe of Yhudah}

21. snake {"As Mos^eh lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so shall the Son of Man be lifted up."}

6:21. "Forest of Plants" {God ruling all plants generally, is said to be elixir-king Soma, often located in the moon.}

22. toad {Elixir-goddess : "she was transformed into an ugly toad after she reached the moon" (HChM, p. 111).}

6:22. "Pray Steam"

23. steam

7:1. "Ruin[-]cover[-]bird"

24. dove {hovering over world-ruin (deluge)}

7:3. "jade half-disc"

25. gem

7:8. "eel"

26. eel

7:9. "Falcon[-]bird"

26. eagle

7:10. "Grown[-]man"

26. doctor

7:11. "Corpse of Girl Deuce" (Nu: C^>ou C^ih S^ih) {"corpse" = paralysis}

27. wasp [Females enclose in mud shell a paralyzed caterpillar as food for her young.]

7:12. Mt. Climb-screen (lattice to be climbed), cf. Irish "huge silver net" (M&LCR, p. 323) suspended (similarly to ship's rigging for climbing) from summit of mountain.

28. goat {cf. goat-goddess Heid-ru`n ('Witch-alphabet') to whose beard was tied the scrotum of Loki = Languli (hairy-tailed langur monkey); but "Jumping from tree to tree" ("BhMH") by HID.imbi (cognate with Latin /HaEDa/ 'nanny goat') would suggest a lemur.}

7:14. "two women live together within the same house gates." {cf. (in Atharvan Veda) gate-guardian (janitor) Vis.n.u = [W]ei[h]oneus, father of daughter Di[w]a, and father-in-law of [W]IKSIoN = VIs.vaK-SENa (< /Vis.-van~c-/ 'Everywhither-Army').}

29. mouse [which often reside within hollows of house-walls] {Apollon Smitheus 'Mousey' was a builder of the city-wall for Ilion.} {(DChM, s.v. "Ariadne") A 2nd gate-heroine would be Ariadne, who, after rescuing Theseus from labyrinth, accompanied him to the islet Di[w]a.}

7:18. "giant shrimp"

30. shrimp

7:19. "horns on their backs" {alike unto the Khimaira}

31. deer

7:20. "Dread[-]beware"

32. pig [Feral swine can be dangerous to humans; and flesh of any swine can be infected with trichinosis-worms.]

7:20. "people ... would take {scil., leaves?} from this tree." [until denuded of leaves?]

33. bustard [proto-typically, bustards & vultures perch on dead trees]

7:21. "The people ... wear their hair loose."

34. monkey

7:21. "Longleg" (daddy-longleg spider?)

35. spider

8:2. "Torch"

36. pipe (smoking-pipe, emitting fire alike unto torch?)

8:3. "One[-]eye" {cf. the witch-like Graiai sitren, sharing a single eye?}

37. witch

8:4. "only one hand"

38. macaw {Vucub Kakix ('Seven Macaw', in Popol Vuh) bit off an arm, leaving only one arm}

8:5. "a snake's body which was green" {cf. rainbow "in sight like unto an emerald" (Apok. 4:3)}

39. rabbit {cf. rabbit seized by green-feathered serpent (CBM, p. 11), or by rainbow-serpent (CBM, p. 52)}

8:6. "one hand raised" (priest's, imparting benediction?)

40. priest

8:8. "They live a remote existence in the middle of a stretch of water {implying that they walk on the water?}, and the oddest creatures go in and out of the water."

41. lizard {There is a species of lizard able to sprint across the surface of a pond.} {Those oddest of machines, the flying saucers, were earliest (during U.S. Navy manoeuvres, at end of 2nd World War) observed emerging from, and entring into, the ocean.}

8:9. "he drank from the Great River and the River Rapids. But the Great River and the River Rapids were not enough".

42. duck {Cf. the popular expression (figure-of-speech), "to drink like a duck".}

8:11. "Rocks ... Piled Up ... where the waters of Great River flow in."

43. scorpion {scorpions hide amid rocks; but cf. scorpion nigh river (CBM, p. 13), or in river (CBM, p. 69)}

8:12. "Clutch[-]ribbon" {blue-ribbon as award to be clutched?}

44. year {cf. Aztec turquoise ring as emblem of year's cycle}

8:13. "Goes[-]on Tree"

44. "Coconut shell" [which is often thrown in divination to discover the status of transpiring events]

8:14. "Tiptoe[-]heel"

45. shark {Folk "brace the foot" in order to evade a shark-man (HM, p. 143).}

8:15. "retch[ed-upsilk" [silkworms produce their cocoon by retching-up silk : thus "the silkworm (its head looks like a horse's head)" (HChM, s.v. "Leizu", p. 154)]

46. bus {Tranportation via omnibus could be likened to the escape of a couple aboard a flying mechanical horse (in the 1001 Nights); in the Tripura myth, "wooden horses neighed".}

8:16. mulberry trees [As concerning the "Leaning Mulberry", "chickens nested in the top" (HChM, s.v. "Fusang", p. 118).]

47. bird

8:17. "ringed with water"

48. cockroach [Cockroaches in human s' houses tend to stay nigh unto water-sources.]

8:18. "Busy[-]corner" [Busiest of food-markets are taverns, usually located on street-corners.] : "there are black bears and brown bears".

49. inebriated [The most esteemed liqueur is mead, fermented from honey : and honey is celebrated as the most favorite food praeferred by bears.]

8:19. "Flat Mounds"

50. police [Traditionally, policemen praeferr flat-top haircuts.]

8:20. "In the ... Sea there is ... the horse-of-the-sea." [Seahorses swim erect.]

51. soldier [Soldiers on sentry-duty are expected, even at night, to remain standing erect.]

8:21. "He treads two green snakes underfoot." (hoop-snakes?)

52. bicycle [A bicyclist treadeth pedals rotating twain wheels.]

9:1. Loose-hair for "legacy jade" [By now-a-days, light-bulbs have become passe', an archaic legacy replaced by light-emitting diodes.]

53. electric-light [In a fluorescent-light bulb electric currents can spread out loosely to ionize the rare-gas into plasma.]

9:4. "flower ... with a heavy fragrance"

54. flower

9:6. "Lord of the Waters. ... They are all green and yellow."

55. crab

9:9. Black-tooth (sweettooth?)

56. candy

9:10. "standing in water." [allusion to water-filled water-bed?]

57. bed

9:11. "The people there are black." {Itztli, regarded as a person (deity) is of black obsidian in the form of a knife-blade.}

58. knife

9:11. "each person there grips a turtle." {Cf. emergence, from the river Lo, of a turtle having, on its back, a map.}

58. picture {If accurately depicting the world, this would needs be a map.}

9:12. "they eat seagulls" {Odusseus was assisted by seagull-goddess Leuko-thea when, losing interest in adultery, he sought to return to his lawful wife (Penelope) in his own home-kingdom.}

58. adultery

9:13. "Hairy Folk" [Hairy persons are sometimes treated as if they were crazy.]

59. crazy

9:14. "Teacher Folk"

60. clown {Jesters often taught (admonished by means of odd expressions) the royalty.}

10:1. "Serpent country"

60. egg (serpent's egg?)

10:2. "Block"

60. cannon-shot [A cannon must be fastened to a block when shot, in order to squelch its recoil.]

10:3. "Cinnamon Forest" {According to Chinese mythology, the markings on the moon denote a cinnamon-tree.}

61. big horse {The dark side of the moon is marked with a horse's head (according to >al-Beruni's India).}

10:4. Tattoo-brow country (to indicate a tribe wherein persons are tattooed at marriage?)

62. marriage

10:5. "to trap them"

63. killer

10:7. "The great god Cinnabar ... lies buried".

64. big corpse {Cinnabar is often found with palaiolithic interrments of cadavres.}

10:7. "The great god Hibiscus [S^un] ... on its south face." (Hibiscus-blossoms are edible, and often used as flavoring in foods.)

65. food {In Samskr.ta, 'Hibiscus' is /Jawa/ (name of the principal island of southern Nusantara).}

10:8. "The live-lively apes know the names of humans."

10:9. rhinoceros[-horn?]

66. horn {/Qarin[ah]/ (literally, 'Horn') is, in <arabi, the name of an entity (peculiar sort of spirit-guide) so very familiar with individual humans as each to be be sexually intimate with one of opposite gendre.}

10:10. "Chief Track presided over relations between the deities and the people". {Doth Chief Track keep track of (record, registre) marriages and of divorces betwixt deities and humans?}

66. divorce

10:11 "Notch Flaw" [Notch-flaw is "The name of a polymorphic creature that eats humans" (p. 243).]

66. mare {The king of Thraike, Dio-medes, "used to have any strangers who came into his land eaten by his mares." (DCM, s.v. "Diomedes 1", p. 137a)}

10:12. "thorny elm"

67. stab

10:13 "Country of Low People" (laid low, in the grave?)

68. big cemetery

10:15. Banner-tail

69. fun {Having fun waving banners, at festival or at party?}

10:16. "Country of Ranger People" {If a prospective cattle-range be lacking in water, water-wells must be drilled for the prospective cattle.}

69. well

11:1. "strung them from a tree on the mountaintop."

70. coconut {Fibre from coconut-husks is commonly twisted so as to manufacture ropes on the coasts of the Indian Ocean.}

11:3. "ringed with mountain streams."

71. river

11:5. mt. Bell {cowbell?}

72. ox

11:6. "land of Pacified people" {"Pacified" folk are often transported into exile (cf. "Babylonian captivity".}

72. transport train

11:7. "Settler Country" [Voluntary settlers, alike unto other travelers, usually arrive with, at least, a suitcaseful of possessions.]

73. suitcase

11:8. "The birds ... face towards the east." {Actual birds do not have, and cannot be trained to have, any particular direction for facing, whereas artificial birds, viz., kites (while they are being pulled upwind) face downwind , which would normally be to the east.}

74. kite

11:9. "Apart from Yi ..., no one else could climb up the sheer cliffs".

75. tie {Sheer cliffs can be climbed only by the climber's tying his or her own body to successive pitons.}

11:10. "The River Scarlet" [By "scarlet woman" is usually intended a danceress.]

76. danceress

11:11 & 11:12. The courses of the Great River and of the Rivers Wideflow and Black are so described as to make for their flowing around a paeninsular tract of land.

77. flag of Italia (geographically a paeninsula)

11:13. "End[-]square[-]bird" {Crutches have their armpit-rests ends squared off at right angles to the uprights of the crutches.}

77. crutches

11:14. "watery chasm"

78. coffin {In the tombs of Kemetic royalty, in order to hindre the royal coffin from being flooded in the event of a sudden rain-downpour, chasms were built into corridors in order to contain the water.}

11:16. "wear shields on their heads"

79. carriage {Coaches are built with a roof atop, in order to shield passengers from both rainfall and heat of the sunshine.}

11:17. a list of names of shamans

80. "old doctor"

12:1. mt. Turtle {As if a boat, Turtle carried warriors "down into the water" (Cheyenne -- AIM, p. 44).}

81. boat

12:2. "Queen Mother"

82. mother

12:3. "dagger-axe"

83. tragedy

12:6. emmet-hound {According to Herodotos, emmet-foxes mine gold.}

84. blood {A suspension of gold-dust in water will appear to be red (as if blood).}

12:7. tigre {"Tigre" is Na-khi symbol for 'time'.}

85. clock

12:8. "each consists of two"

85. mirror {With a mirror, every object that twain guises : the original & its reflection.}

12:10. "have tiger stripes" [which cut across the body]

86. scissors [which cut across cloth]

12:10. "on their lower legs they have calves"

86. hose [which is worn on human limbs (arms and legs)]

12:12. "have a broken neck"

87. banana [One could slip and fall on a banana-skin, possibly resulting in a "broken neck" (or that ilk).]

12:13. "Ring[-]dog" [A ring (pastel halo) around the sun, and a "sun-dog" : these are both meteorological conditions resultant from unusual weather.]

88. glasses [Wearing of praescriptional "glasses" (glassen spectacles) can enhance one's viewing of meteorological phainomena.]

12:14. "are set vertically in their face"

89. torrent of water {A torrent of water will rush more forcefully (and therefore be of greater utility for hydro-electric facilities) if allowed to fall vertically (as in a waterfall from a dam).}

12:15. "Armour" -- the people there have ... threehorns." [The 3-horned Triceratops dinosaur had an armored face.]

89. lottery {Armor (and other such equippage) could be allotted by means of a lottery, just as military conscription usually is allotted now-a-days.}

12:16. "valuable ... multicoloured all over, and a tail longer than its body. Its name is Escort My."

90. old man {A person so old that the tail-portion of life (viz., already passed through) is longer than the remaining portion (viz., for the future of the same life), may be valuable, such as to accompany one as an escort on travels, if such a person's experience and understandings be varied sufficiently.}

12:17. "Waste of Offspring[-]line"

91. beggar {Demise of one's progeny (and thus of the lineage of one's offspring) will necessitate one's being reduced to begging from strangers in old age.}

12:18. "Trail[-]pole"

91. tram [A tram (train of baskets in an overhead conveyer in factory-line) is upheld on poles.]

12:18. "rides two dragons"

92. ae:roplane {In order to be reasonably safe for flying aboard, an ae:roplane must have at least two motor-engines.}

12:19. mt. "Sunny[-]muck" {Although promising a bright oikonomic future, a working-class insurrection may result in a political quagmire.]

93. ring or "Revolution" (i.e., historic circular movement in oikonomic politics)

12:20. "were all chopped off"

94. machete

12:21. "Evening Bright" {(DCM, s.v. "Hesperides") The Hesperides ("Nymphs of the Setting Sun") are daughters of 'Night'.}

95. war {(DCM, s.v. "Nyx") Goddess Nux ('Night') is also mother of Eris ('Strife').}

12:21. "The divine power of her daughters was so great".

96. shoe {Cf. the progeny of "Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe"}

12:22. "Giant-swallow" [The swallow is, among birds, ostensibly particularly swift in manoeuvring.]

97. mosquito {Mosquitos (swift in manoeuvring) are said in Canadian AmerIndian lore to be derived from a giant.}

12:23. "Dawn[-]fresh" {Certain particular celebrated music-concerts are dedicated to simulating the natural dawn of day.}

98. pianoforte

12:24. "Range Mother[-]in[-]law[-]shoot lies on a island in the sea next to a river." {Taphian and Teleboan isles at aestuary of the Akheloios? The mother-in-law alluded to may be the mother of Nau-krate (who in turn is mother of [W]Ikaros -- DCM, s.v. "Daedalus", p. 126a) in the Neilos delta.}

99. saw {(DCM, s.v. "Perdix 2", p. 357b) Inventor of the saw was KALoS[, a name perhaps cognate with S`ikha /KHALSa/], "rejoicing" concerning the fall of [W]Ikaros. "Perdix 2" is (GM) "partridge in a pear tree".} {In Latin, /serra/ 'saw' is often employed figuratively for /cordillera/ 'mountain-range'.}

12:26. "Big[-]crab" [often accused of being "unclean"]

[1]00. toilet

Anne Birrell (transl.): The Classic of Mountains and Seas. Penguin Bks, 1999.

Chifa` = Chinese "numerological dream interpretation guide"

[Earliest version, entailing much of chifa` 1-36, was written quite some years earlier : the Wayback Machine record is from 2005.



S^HJ 8:1 = chifa` 1st 36 -- onwards to 9:1 = 53; -- also 6:17-21 = 8-13p.p; 6:21 = 16 : written Nov 19th 2015.

S^HJ 6:21 = 13pc.-14cem. & 15 & 17-22; -- also 7:11-14 = 27-29; 7:9-10 = 26; 7:20-21 = 32-34; 8:8-9 = 41-42 : written Nov 20th 2015.

S^HJ 9:4-14 = chifa` 54-60 : written shortly after midnight Nov 21st 2015.

S^HJ 10:1 through 12:26 = chifa` 60-100 : written later Nov 21st 2015.


HM = Martha Beckwith : Hawaiian Mythology. Yale Univ Pr, New Haven (CT), 1940.

HChM = Lihui Yang & Deming An : Handbook of Chinese Mythology. ABC-Clio Inc, Santa Barbara (CA), 2005.

"CSW" = "Crimson or Scarlet Worm". http://www.discovercreation.org/blog/2011/11/20/the-crimson-or-scarlet-worm/

M&LCR = T. W. Rolleston : Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race. George G. Harrap & Co., London, 1911. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/34081/34081-h/34081-h.html

"BhMH" = (Bhima Marries Hid.imbi) http://iws.punahou.edu/user/cshigemitsu/worldlit/countries/india/mahabharata-episodes/episode6.htm

DCM = Pierre Grimal (transl by A. R. Maxwell-Hyslop) : The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Blackwell Publ, London, 1986.

AIM = Alice Marriott & Carol K. Rachlin : American Indian Mythology. Thomas Y. Crowell Co, NY, 1968.

GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. Penguin Bks, 1955.

"numerological dream interpretation guide" = http://w3.iac.net/~moonweb/Santeria/Chapter11.html or else https://web.archive.org/web/20110402173743/http://w3.iac.net/~moonweb/Santeria/Chapter11.html

The Chifa` (ceasing at S^HJ 12:26) is intended as a praelude to (commencing at S^HJ 12:27) the originally H^apirti "Hillfish" Oannes, better known (from that fictional novel the Eu-angelion) under the Manda< (Gnostic) distortion /Ioannes/, "in the sea" (S^HJ 12:31) as per the 1001 Nights.

[with variants (in brackets) given in "D&EC"]

1 Horse [Small horse, lion]
2 Butterfly 
3 Sailor 
4 Cat, Mouth 
5 Nun 
6 Turtle [Tortoise]
7 Snail ["Shit"]
8 Corpse [Small dead person]
9 Elephant 
10 Big Fish 
11 Rooster 
12 Whore 
13 Peacock [Pimp]
14 Tiger [Cemetery]
15 Dog 
16 Bull [Horn]
17 Moon 
18 Small Fish 
19 Worm 
20 House cat [Bedpan (litterbox?)]
21 Snake 
22 Toad [Frog]
23 Steam [Steamboat]
24 Dove 
25 Gem 
26 Eel [Doctor, eagle]
27 Wasp 
28 Goat 
29 Mouse 
30 Shrimp 
31 Deer 
32 Hog [Pig]
33 Buzzard [Hawk]
34 Monkey 
35 Spider 
36 Pipe 
37 Witch [Witchcraft, black hen]
38 Macaw [Money]
39 Rabbit 
40 Priest 
41 Lizard 
42 Duck 
43 Scorpion 
44 Year [Coconut shell]
45 Shark 
46 Bus 
47 Bird 
48 Roach [Cockroach]
49 Drunk 
50 Police 
51 Soldier 
52 Bicycle 
53 Electric light 
54 Flower 
55 Crab 
56 Candy [Meringue]
57 Bed 
58 Photo [Knife, adultery, picture]
59 Crazy 
60 Clown [Egg, cannon shot]
61 Big horse 
62 Marriage 
63 Killer 
64 Big corpse 
65 Food 
66 Horn [Divorce, mare]
67 Stab 
68 Cemetery [Big cemetery]
69 Well [Fun/commotion]
70 Coconut 
71 River 
72 Ox [Transport train]
73 Suitcase 
74 Kite 
75 Tie 
76 Dancer [Female dancer]
77 Italian flag [Crutches]
78 Coffin [Grave]
79 Train [Carriage]
80 Old doctor 
81 Theater [Boat]
82 Mother 
83 Tragedy 
84 Blood 
85 Mirror [Clock]
86 Scissors [Hose]
87 Banana 
88 Glasses 
89 Torrents [Water, lottery]
90 Old man 
91 Old shoe [Beggar, tram]
92 Plane [Airplane]
93 Ring ["Revolution"]
94 Machete 
95 War ["Big dog" (for "Let loose the dogs of war" (in Shakespeare)?]
96 Shoe [Old shoe]
97 Mosquito 
98 Piano 
99 Saw 
[1]00 Toilet [Car]

"D&EC" = Cap. 5 of :- Ton Otto & Nils Bubant (edd.) : Experiments in Holism : Theory and Practice in Contemporary Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester (West Sussex), 2010.


"Divination and Ethnography in Cuba"

Martin Holbraad


p. 74 Table 5.2 (Here, howbeit, there are a few identifications (## 4, 5, & 7) with Yoruba deities, which may well all be inaccurate.)

p. 72 "la charada China (the Chinese charade) ... promulgated by Chinese immigrants ... in the latter half of the nineteenth century (see Caillois 2001:148-52)."

p. 84, n. 1 "pronounced the word as cabula (which is meaningless ...)". {Could this refer to Qabul, capital of Afghanistan? During the T>an dynasty, the empire was bounded on the south by the Oxos river, which is now the northern border of Afghanistan. The Bon religion, employing the same identical mythic-geographic system (i.e., describing some transcendental world, praesumably the dream-world) as the S^an Hai Jin, is known to have originated in Tajikistan, praesumably during the T>an dynasty. The rN~in-ma system, an esoteric mode of Bon, is said to have originated in Od.d.i-yana, which is supposed to have been identical with Ud-yana, the name for the district within which Qabul is located.}

Caillois 2001 = R. Caillois (transl. by M. Barash) : Man, Play and Games. Urbana : Univ of IL Pr.