Friday, 15 February 2008

天公 – tiān gōng – Jade Emperor

The ninth day of the Chinese New Year is a day when people pray to the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven.

The character 天, tiān means heaven or sky.

The second character 公, has multiple meanings, one of which is a respectful way to address an old man.

Together the words天公, tiān gōng indicate the Jade Emperor.
tiān is pronounced tee-en, with a 1st or high,level tone.
gōng is pronounced gung, also with a 1st or high,level tone.