From the records of ancient books, what are the main aspects of Cangjie’s contribution?

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Cangjie, formerly known as Hougang and Jie, is commonly known as Cangjie’s predecessor, also known as the Shihuang family, also known as Cang Wang and cangsheng. ShuoWenJieZi, Shiben and Huainanzi all recorded that Cangjie was a left historian who created characters during the Yellow Emperor period. He was inspired by the footprints of birds and animals, classified them differently, collected, sorted out and used them, played an important role in the creation of Chinese characters, and was respected as a “sage of character creation”. The following China story net Xiaobian will bring you a detailed introduction. Let’s have a look!

According to the records of Hetu jade edition and Chan Tong Ji, Cangjie once established himself as emperor, named Cang emperor, and was a tribal leader in ancient times. During his reign, Cangjie worshipped and received Luoshu in the water of luogui.


Cangjie was also the God of words in Taoism. According to historical records, Cangjie had two pupils and four eyes. He was born wise and virtuous. He observed the movement trend of the stars and the footprints of birds and animals, created words according to his image, got rid of the bad habit of tying ropes to record events at that time, and created the foundation of civilization. Therefore, he was honored as the “cultural ancestor Cangjie”.

Key achievements

From the records of ancient books, Cangjie’s contributions mainly include the following aspects:

I. improve the writing. The so-called “Cang (Cang) Jie wrote a book” does not mean that Cang Jie completely invented the writing, but that Cang Jie extensively collected and carefully sorted out the existing folk picture characters, so as to create a set of systematic and standardized hieroglyphs.

II. The number of rise and fall of ancient emperors and the way of governing the people are recorded in detail in the book of accepting Luo, the river map and the book of Luo. Only the emperor who was ordered by heaven could get it. After Cangjie became emperor, he toured south to hunt his own territory and climbed Yangxu mountain. With the Luohe River eastward, he came to luogui, where Luoshui meets the Yellow River. He found that the tortoise was carrying a mysterious pattern and dedicated it to Cangjie. The eight trigrams evolved from the book of Luo and later became the source of the book of changes.

Character evaluation


In the remote ancient primitive society, human beings developed step by step from “piling stones to record events”, “tying ropes to record events” to “symbolic characters”. The ancient symbolic characters have lasted for more than 5000 years in Chinese history. The early ancient cultural records are basically recorded with symbolic characters.

Cangjie’s contribution lies in his extensive collection of folk pictures and characters, and his creation of systematic hieroglyphs. According to the history book, “emperor Cang was born to be able to write. He was recorded by the river chart, so the world changed. He looked up at the Kui star’s round song, and looked down at the turtle pattern birds’ feathers, mountains and rivers’ fingers and palms to create words. The sky was rain millet, the ghost was crying for the night, and the dragon was hidden.” (Research on Huang’s Yi book, spring and autumn yuan Mingbao).

In fact, this was just a kind of blind worship of Cangjie by the ancients. After being hyped by scholars and historians, Cangjie became the originator of the invention of Chinese characters. In fact, the history of Chinese characters was born thousands of years before Cangjie.

In the dazzling historical picture of the Chinese nation, Cangjie is a figure between myth and legend. No matter from the perspective of mythology, ethnology or folklore, he is a sacred person in ancient times. He is known as “Longyan four eyes” in history and “sound is wise and moral” (Lun Heng, Lu spring and Autumn). His outstanding achievement lies in “making words to replace the policy of tying ropes”. The creation of this “secret weapon” of mankind makes “the rain drops in the sky, the ghosts cry at night, and the dragons hide” (Huainanzi), which is a heroic creation that startles the world and the ghosts and gods.

“In the past, Cang Jie wrote a book, but the sky rained and millet, and ghosts cried at night”. Once the words were published, human beings have changed from barbaric times to civilized life. Disclaimer: the above content originates from the Internet, and the copyright belongs to the original author. Please inform us if your original copyright is infringed, and we will delete the relevant content as soon as possible.

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