Scripts 刑天(Chinese, Japanese Kanji)
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Meaning & History
From a combination of the characters 刑 (xing, meaning “punishment”) and 天 (tian, meaning “heaven”). This is the name of a mythological figure who appears in the Shanhaijing (山海经) or Classic of Mountains and Seas. He was a servant of the Flame Emperor who continued to wield his axe and shield even after being decapitated by the Yellow Emperor, using his nipples as eyes and his stomach as a mouth. Like JINGWEI, he is commonly seen today as a symbol of dogged perseverance even in the face of defeat.