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Re: The fish is dead (was: cases)

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 3:23
From: "John Cowan"

> DOUGLAS KOLLER wrote: > > > A: Ni3 chi1 su4 ma? > > A: Are you a vegetarian? > > (BTW: Can this mean equally "Do you eat vegetables?" i.e. "Are you an
> carnivore?" I suppose this is an un-Chinese concept :-) .)
Indeed. The hun1 (meat and fish eating)/su4 (veg) divide, I think, is restricted to humans (at least, it sounds weird [and a little amusing] to me to say "Gou3 chi1 hun1" (Dogs are meat-eaters.). "Chi1su4" to me implies you're veg because you're a devout Buddhist or you have dietary restrictions (not because you're a ruminant). Both play into the Chinese medicinal, macrobiological, philosophical view: "Gee, you're having a bout of gout because you've been laying a little too heavily on the 'hun1' lately. Why don't you 'chi1su4' for a couple of weeks and get your body back in balance?". Kou