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The Chinese Symbol for Longevity
Sometimes thought to mean "good luck", the golden symbol above is an early script for the Chinese word pronounced shou, meaning "longevity". It's an old custom to present a "Picture of a Hundred Longevity" where literally one hundred different scripts of the character are written or embroidered in an artwork of calligraphy. This is done as an artistic, and usually expensive, birthday gift to a prominent or important figure at his birthday feast.
The Axis Mundi, a polar plasma discharge witnessed by the ancient myth-building people of the earth, went through several evolutionary stages of forms known as "plasma instabilities" in the laboratory. The form that we see as the "Stickman" or "Squatterman", is the culmination of a late phase, as a number of the flattened toroids fold up to form the stickman's head.
This squatter figure is one of the more stable plasma instabilities. Hence the association “long life”. This was the major part of the column, the brightest, the most terrifying. And of course it was recorded by everyone everywhere and influenced them deeply.
The "squatter" or "stickman" was recorded in nearly every culture. For example. it plays a dominant role in the Dogon Religion. Other cultures speak of it as the big red man in sky, .
Comparative mythologist David Talbott relates the Chinese image to a complex of motifs in ancient Egypt. He says:
"So what is the relationship to the principle of 'longevity'? The Egyptian Djed, 'ladder' of heaven, and 'backbone' present the nuances of endurance, stable support, and a continuation of life. They refer to the stable character of the stacked tori—part of the 'backbone' and 'ladder' motif. In this they stand as a contrast to the violent and wildly unstable phases that preceded it, including celestial wandering.
"The raising of the Djed was
synonymous with the restoration of Osiris to life after a
chaotic period including death, disappearance, and
dismemberment. Equivalence with the backbone and ladder can be
established beyond dispute. In his restoration to life, Osiris
displays the ladder as his backbone, and both symbols find
expression as the Djed, which means stability, endurance, etc.
We see this formation in the experimental plasma tests as do the Russians. See Kukuskin's skeleton plasma universe papers that he is prolifically publishing.
Credit: Anthony Peratt, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science