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Chapter-02 HSK-A
2 strokes

Explanation of characters by Herbert A. Giles

Pa is explained as to separate, to divide, being a picture of two persons separating, turned back to back. It may well have been adopted as the symbol for 8 in reference to the obvious and easy divisibility of that unit; the Chinese however occupy themselves less with its origin as a numeral than with its fanciful position, a climacteric of the female numbers.

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