Talk:Celestial stem

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My Last Change To The Table[edit]

Remove the hidden message I created when it's clearedup.68.148.164.166 (talk) 08:21, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

If you want to hide your comment, use <!-- -->. Yours was wrong. - TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 09:31, 26 February 2008 (UTC)

Etymology[edit]

from "Chinese Characters, their Origin..." by Dr. L. Wieger, S. J. "ji" was threads on a loom "xin" was an up-symbol shang, over a double-edged grinder (meaning "to offend a superior") "gui" was a pair of out-turned feet, over a man who's stabbed through the middle (representing the outward motion of two arrows toward their victims, i.e., kinetic energy) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 12.75.42.27 (talk) 19:02, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

Article should probably be moved to "Heavenly Stem"[edit]

Currently the lede reads

The ten Celestial Stems (Chinese: 天干; pinyin: tiāngān), sometimes known as Heavenly Stems

which is certainly wrong. "Heavenly" is the more common translation for adjectival 天 generally and in this phrase: Google pulls up 4.8k results for "celestial stem" -wiki and 84.6k for "heavenly stem" -wiki.

If there is some scholarly consensus towards using "Celestial" as a term of art here, despite its less common usage, someone should note it here or on the page. Otherwise, we should probably move it to the 20* more common translation of the term. -LlywelynII (talk) 04:38, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Google Books gives 1010 versus 1180 results. I don't think there's much point, and in any case celestial stem sounds better in English. Xanthoxyl < 09:36, 19 November 2010 (UTC)