Work in Progress
(Exercising Your Mind) Living in China and learning to speak Mandarin has been, and remains to be very exciting for me. I make it a point to learn as much as I can through self study.
My First Impressions
- Fuji was the name of the Ancient Chinese Planchette Writing used for Spirit Contact, or talking to the dead.
- The word Ouija may very well come from Oujiahua, which is the Romanization of the language spoken in the region where Fuji was practiced.
- There is a place called Fujian which is very close to the south of Oujiang, where Fuji was practiced.
My Chinese Connection
Sometimes I even dream in Chinese, so I am very attuned to hearing the language.
So recently, while watching the T.V. show “BlindSpot” on demand with Hulu, my ears perked up when I heard there was a Chinese dialect known as the “Devil’s Language”.
The show BlindSpot is set in New York City, which factually happens to be one of the few locations in the world besides Spain, Italy, and France that this “Devil’s Language’ is spoken.
I lived in Zhuji City which is in Zhejiang Province, China.
The language that was referred to as the “Devil”s Language”, was called Wenzhou. It just so happens that Wenzhou is a city, also located in Zhejiang Province.
More Detailed Speculation
Wenzhou is an industrial port city that sits on a river called Oujiang.
The language in Wenzhou is one of several divisions of language from that region known as Wu Chinese and is also called, Wennzounese, Wenzhouhua, Oujianghua or Oujiang.
Wenzhounese, or Oujiang, is known as the “Devil’s Language” because out of all the divisions of Wu Chinese, it is the most divergent, and is not well understood by other speakers of Wu Chinese, and other varieties of Chinese.
It sounds very different in pronunciation and tonality.
The fact that it is called the “Devil’s Language”, somehow instantly turned me on to the similarity between the name of the language Oujiang, and the name of the Ouija Board.
This is because Ouija Boards are a form of talking to the dead known as Planchette Writing, and is considered by many religions as evil, even being sent to Earth by the Devil.
Planchette Writing, known as Fuji, was heavily practiced by the Quanzhen School around the time of the Song Dynasty in 11 A.D..
The Quanzhen School was founded by a man named Wang Chongyang, and had their headquarters in Changchun Temple in Wuhan.
Fuji was practiced until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty, which ruled from about 1644 until 1912.
The Qing Dynasty conquered the Ming Dynasty to take power.
Interestingly, the language Oujiang, has significantly recognizable features in common with Min Chinese, which is spoken in Fujian, to the south
Japanese and Korean Linguistics
Another cool coincidence is that Wenzou is on the east coast of China, very close to being in the middle distance between Korea and Japan.
China has the older civilization, and it can be reasonably argued, by looking at the characters of the written languages, that Chinese is the basis for writing Japanese and Korean.
There is a village that used to be called Fujikawa, founded in 1889 in Japan, that later merged with the city called Fuji in 2008.
However, Fuji only got its name when it changed from being called Kajima in 1929, 17 years after the end of the Qing Dynasty in 1912.
The Chinese language is changing alot, but Oujianghua, or Wenzhounese, still maintains a great deal of the classical language. Because of this, it is sometimes known as a “Living Fossil”.
This could explain the similar sounding words from when Korea and Japan were forming their languages from the classical Chinese dialects.
I am increasingly fascinated by the fact that Oujiang, aka Wenzhou, is the only city in China that was designed by the founder of Fengshui.
The city of Fuji in Japan, which shares the name of the spiritual practice of Oujiiang, is also a port city on the east coast.