On the National Traditional Aesthetic Consciousness from the Perspective of Ancient Chinese Characters: A Case Study of Oracle Bone Inscriptions and Dongba Hieroglyphs


Oracle bone inscriptions and Dongba hieroglyphs are regarded as the most mature Chinese writing systems in early China. The ingenious design of these characters fully shows that Chinese ancestors have gone beyond the perceptual and intuitive knowledge of the world, and reached deep understanding of the law of beauty. This aesthetic cognition is mainly reflected in the aesthetic thinking of expressing thoughts fully through image creation, the aesthetic attitude of observing things from my perspective, and the aesthetic pursuit of harmonious unity of object and ego, and the integration of virtue and beauty. This article explores the national traditional aesthetic consciousness from the perspective of ancient Chinese characters, which is significant for understanding the overall development of Chinese aesthetics and carrying forward the excellent traditional Chinese culture.


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