A Writer’s Double Jeopardy

Yatmaht Jih Yatmaht, Nohmaih Jih Muhksat: One thing is controlled by another (lit. meaning of the last part is "glutinous rice can kill wood louse").Chinese people believe that nothing remains uncontrollable.  The five different elements in the world (gold, water, wood, fire, and earth) can be influenced by each other.  A circular path often unfolds: a metal axe chops down wood, a tree grasps the earth, a dirt dam prevents flooding, water extinguishes fire, and heat shapes metal into tools … [Read more...]