Saturday, 1 March 2008

五 – five - wǔ

The number five is very important in Chinese culture. In ancient times the Five Elements were believed to be Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Wood. Many other things have been divided into categories of five, for example, the Five Virtues, the Five Blessings, the Five Emperors, the Five Immortals. Five is a popular number!

The character for five, 五 is written as wǔ in pinyin, and pronounced woo with a 3rd or falling and rising tone.

We have seen the number five before in 现代五项 – xiàn dài wǔ xiàng – Modern Pentathlon. I suppose you could think of the Pentathlon as "The Five Sports"...