Egyptian Carnelian Tyet Amulet, New Kingdom, 19th-20th Dynasty, C. 1307-1070 BC
This symbol illustrates a knotted piece of cloth whose early meaning is unknown, but in the New Kingdom it was clearly associated with the goddess Isis, the great magician and wife of Osiris. By this time, the tyet (aka Isis knot, tet or thet) symbol was referred to as the “blood of Isis” and scholars have suggested that it might depict the cloth a woman used during menstruation. Knots were widely used as amulets because the Egyptians believed they bound and released magic. The tyet sign was considered a potent symbol of protection in the afterlife and the Book of the Dead specifies that the tyet be made of blood-red stone, like this example, and placed at the deceased’s neck.
Since the Lunar New Year (called
Tết in Vietnam) is coming up in a few days, here’s a list of some Vietnamese vocabulary/phrases associated with the holiday
Phrases Chúc Mừng Năm Mới: Happy New Year Cung Chúc Tân Xuân: Gracious wishes of the new spring Sống lâu trăm tuổi: Long life of 100 years (said by children to elders in exchange for lucky money) An khang thịnh vượng: Security, good health, and prosperity Vạn sự như ý: May myriad things go according to your will Sức khỏe dồi dào: Plenty of health Cung hỉ phát tài: Congratulations and be prosperous
Năm mới dồi dào sức khỏe: I wish you a healthy new year
Năm mới tấn tài tấn lộc: I wish you a wealthy new year
Năm mới toàn gia bình an: I wish that the new year will bring health to all your family
Vạn sự như ý: All wishes come true
Vocabulary Tết Nguyên Đán: Vietnamese New Year Lunar Festival Nhận tiền lì xì: to receive “lucky money” Lì xì / tiền mừng tuổi:
“lucky money” đi chùa để cầu …: Go to pagoda to pray for… gói Bánh chưng: Make Chung cake trang trí nhà cửa: Decorate the house
Đi chợ hoa: Go to flower market Thăm bà con bạn bè: Visit relatives and friends Xem pháo hoa: Watch fireworks Đường phố được trang trí với những dây đèn đầy màu sắc: streets are decorated with lines of colorful lights Hoa đào: peach blossom Hoa mai: apricot blossom Cây quất:
The kumquat tree Gạo nếp:
Sticky rice Đậu xanh:
Green beans Mỡ lợn: Fatty pork Chúc Tết nhau: exchange New Year’s wishes Bao lì xì: red envelope Ăn diện: dress up Đánh bài: play cards Dưa hấu; watermelon Dừa: coconut Xoài: mango Đu đủ: papaya: nhang: incense Bàn thờ: altar Mê tín: superstitious Điều cấm kỵ: taboo Quét nhà: sweep the floor Vào ngày mùng một Tết: on the first day of Tet Đưa ông bà: Bid their ancestor farewell
Tết, or Vietnamese New Year, is an important celebration in Vietnamese culture!
I always see many artists draw things for lunar new year dressed in other Asian cultures like qi pao, hanbok, or kimonos, but I never see anything drawn for ao dai…So I guess it’s time for me to step up and share my Viet pride!