It's even closer than that. It's the same word, 鳳凰. "Fèng huáng" is the Mandarin pronunciation, "houou" is the Japanese pronunciation.Originally Posted by Damian Silverblade
... Those two words sound and look nothing like each other. :P
There's a good deal of sound change in between. These words were borrowed long before Mandarin as a dialect existed.
I mean, would you have guessed that pater(nal), vader and father are all the same word? (PIE pəter) How about cord(ial), kard(io) and heart? (PIE kerd-) What of ich, jag, ego and I? (PIE eg)
Admittedly, the sound changes aren't as transparent as those. Yet, the correspondence between fènghuáng and hōō follows the rules perfectly. Mandarin -ng typically corresponds to either u or i. f generally corresponds to either b or h (which was originally [p]). Mandarin hua is typically reflexed by wa in Japanese. So from there you get hōwau - apply the last two rules - au collapses to ō, and wo merges with o, and you get hōō.
Didn't someone here once say that the Asian Phoenix and the Egyptian Phoenix are not related?Originally Posted by Barb
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They're not related at all. I wasn't suggesting that they were. But, anyhow, here's some interesting information about the Japanese and Chinese phoenix and its related mythology.
it mentions the phoenix being enemies/lovers with the dragon
lets say Lugia was the dragon... dun dun dun
EDIT: did you guys read the Four Guardians of the Compass? (go to it through Barb's link)
they could totally make two legendaries to complement Lugia and Ho-oh
that White Tiger could be a Steel/Flying type
and the Black Turtle could be a Dark/Water type...
In my opinion Ho Oh looks p, in a way, like a heron. I do not know where I got that from.... does anybody agree?
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