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Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Mar 3 16:30:48 UTC 2008

At 3/2/2008 10:22 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
>I was surprised to read about a pig eating a baby in the cradle.  In
>Chinese, the written character for "home" consists of the picture of a pig
>(now altered from its original form) under a roof.

Has the pig evolved, or only the Chinese character?

>L. Wieger's book
>_Chinese Characters_ (p. 173) explains: "The pigs live around the houses of
>the Chinese countrymen, and even enter in them, as well as the dogs. ..."
>Maybe the pigs in China are tamer.

And also (formerly) in Ireland.  (As well as elsewhere -- what
movie(s) have scenes with small livestock in or entering homes?)



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