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OT: ganzhi help

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, January 19, 2006, 19:58
I'm trying to locate the Unicode glyphs for the ten celestial stems
(tiangan) and twelve terrestrial branches (dizhi) of Chinese
astrology.  I know all the names, and have been able to find images of
the glyphs, but so far I have only found code points for the first
four stems, which if you have the right font etc you should see below:

1. jia3 甲
2. yi3  乙
3. bing3 丙
4. ding1 丁

So I still need the glyphs for wu4, ji3, geng1, xin1, ren2, gui3, and
all of the branches (zi3, chou3, yin2, mao3, chen2, si4, wu3, wei4,
shen1, you3, xu1, and hai4).  (I'm using tone numbers here because the
combining tone markers don't show up right in my browser - one of its
rare deficiencies in the Unicode arena).

I was hoping that the stems, at least, might be consecutive in
Unicode, given their alphabet-like uses in Chinese culture, but no
such luck.   Jia3 is U+7532, yi3 is U+4e59, bing3 is U+4e19, and ding1
is U+4e01.

I have the Unicode Standard 4.0 book, which includes a radical/stroke
index to the glyphs, but I'm not proficient enough at either counting
strokes or distinguishing similar glyphs to be sure that I have the
right ones.

Any help appreciated.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
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