Valentine's Day|Look at our ancient Chinese love signs and feel romance of ancients~
Valentine's Day is coming, what gift are you hoping to receive? Or are you still thinking what to give your loved one?
Eternal diamond? Does a rose symbolize love? Or cosmetics have been in basket for a long time...
Actually, in ancient East, female love signs are also rich and colorful, and almost every sign has a lot of beautiful verses, and behind every sign there is a long romantic legend~
Come and see what signs of love are in my ancient country!
1. Red beans
"Red beans are born in southern countries and grow a few branches in spring. I hope you collect more, this thing is most in love."
This poem "Love Yearning" by Buddha Wang Wei was originally given to Li Guinian, a good friend who was exiled to south of Yangtze River due to Anshi rebellion.
But it is precisely because of this poem that people began to use red beans, bright as blood and hard as a diamond, to denote unwavering love.
Since then, red beans are still known as "acacia beans"~
Later, Wen Tingyun also had a poem, "Linglong Bones lays red beans, deeply loves you and knows you don't know", which added unforgettable colors to the red beans.
A sachet, also known as a pouch, is filled with strong-smelling Chinese herbal powder. Women in ancient times usually wore it close to body, and its function is equivalent to today's perfume.
In pre-Qin period, young people had to wear pouches to show respect when they visited their parents and elders, and lovers often gave each other such personal items as tokens.
In "Dream of Red Mansions", Daiyu mistakenly thought that Baoyu gave bag she gave to someone else and cut off other one she was making in a fit of anger.
3, Jade Pei, Loin
The ancients said: A gentleman is like a jade, which means that character of a gentleman is like a jade, respectful, peaceful, gentle and long lasting.
Luo Ying refers to colorful ribbons tied around waist and jade pendants of ancient women when they got married, which means they belong.
The "Book of Songs" refers to warm scene where mother dissolves her daughter's marriage when her daughter gets married.
Thus, jade pendants and Luo Ying are also one of most commonly used souvenirs by the ancients.
4, hairpin, hairpin
Both hairpins and hairpins were hair ornaments for ancient women.
Bai Juyi described concubine Yang Guifei in Song of Eternal Sorrow: "Golden Buyao", "Jingbuyao" here is a kind of golden hairpin.
As a sign of love, women in ancient times divided their hairpins into two parts, gave half to each other, and kept the other half for themselves.
Looking at "Buy Painting" by Yan Liben, a famous Tang Dynasty painter, we can know that bracelets were still popular in early Tang Dynasty.
During Han Dynasty, bracelets were called "tiaotuo", as, for example, in famous phrase "Poetry of Love" "Why is it so wide? Tiaotuo around wrist".
The earliest record of earrings appears in Shan Hai Jing: mountain girl Qing Yi, her god with a thin waist and white teeth, piercing ears 鎼.
There is also an entry in "Three Kingdoms": piercing ears and piercing beads, which is also a reward for ancient times.
In "Jie Fu Yin" by Zhang Ji, a poet of Tang Dynasty, "Huang Jun's pearl is crying tears, I wish I could meet you when I was not married" pearl in it is an earring.
Later there was a saying that "one hairpin and one urn can be together for life".
7, gold bracelet
There is also a kind of love sign similar to bracelets called "golden hand wrap", also known as "arm bracelets".
In general, number of coils of gold wrapped around hand varies, and from any angle you look at it, it looks like wearing several bracelets.
The great writer Su Shi has a poem "Spring water is thicker than wine at night, and it can crush beautiful women with gold".