Ancient Voices: Characters
of the I Ching

Select one of the characters below and on the back of this handout draw your design for a mask, incorporating into the mask design a few of the symbols and emblems pertaining to your chosen character.

Family Relationship

Name

Attribute

Image
(Symbols and
Emblems)

Trigram

Father

Ch'ien
the Creative

Strength

Heaven
(Clouds, sun, stars, winged dragons)

__________
__________
__________

 

Mother

K'un
the Receptive

Devotion,
Yielding

Earth
(Flowers and herbs, fruit, stalks of rice)

____   ____
____   ____
____   ____

 

First Son

Chen
the Arousing

Inciting
Movement

Thunder
(Lightning bolts)

____   ____
____   ____
__________

 

Second Son

K'an
the Abysmal

Dangerous

Water
(Waves, whirlpool, river)

____   ____
__________
____   ____

 

Third Son

Ken
Keeping Still

Resting

Mountain
(Mountain scenes, rocks, boulders)

__________
____   ____
____   ____

 

First Daughter

Sun
the Gentle

Penetrating

Wind, Wood
(Bamboo flute, branches, stylized lines indicating movement of wind)

__________
__________
____   ____

 

Second Daughter

Li
the Clinging

Light-Giving

Fire
(Flames, sunbeams)

__________
____   ____
__________

 

Third Daughter

Tui
the Joyous

Joyful

Lake
(water images, dancing waves, laughing faces)

____   ____
__________
__________

 

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