Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Taipei rally draws about 100 temples

Religious troupes with divine palanquins from about 100 temples across the nation yesterday paraded through the streets of Taipei in a rally that was initiated to protest a rumored government policy to ban incense burning, but was later defined as a “religious carnival.” Rally organizers ...FULL STORY

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活用成語

Chinese practice 沾沾自喜 self-satisfied; complacent (zhan1 zhan1 zi4 xi3) 此處介紹的兩個成語都是用來形容自滿,一個源自古中國,一個源自古希臘。 《史記》〈魏其武安侯列傳〉是記載漢景帝時竇太后堂姪竇嬰的生平。 漢景帝一日與其弟等人宴飲,酒酣耳熱之際,說將來要讓同為竇太后之子的弟弟繼承自己的王位,也在場的竇嬰聽了便加以反對,說此舉將破壞朝廷規矩。竇嬰此言觸怒了寵愛兒子的竇太后,便將竇嬰逐出朝廷。後來吳王與楚王造反,竇嬰再被請出來擔任將軍,平定了叛亂,而竇嬰也因此功勞被冊封為魏其侯。竇太后很讚賞竇嬰的表現,便建議漢景帝起用竇嬰作宰相。但漢景帝不以為然,說道:「魏其者,沾沾自喜耳,多易。難以為相,持重。」(魏其侯這個人,立了點功勞就沾沾自喜,辦事傲慢輕浮,很難擔當宰相這個重任。) 由此,成語「沾沾自喜」便用來形容人有點過於自滿。 古希臘人由西元前六世紀起,每四年舉辦一次祭獻太陽神阿波羅(Apollo) 的皮西安競技會(Pythian Games),與奧林匹克競技會相隔兩年,以祭獻太陽神阿波羅(Apollo)。當時的神話傳說,阿波羅愛上了女神黛芙妮,而月桂葉即代表了黛芙妮。由於此神話故事,希臘人便頒給比賽的得勝者一頂月桂冠。因此to rest on one’s laurels(靠在他的月桂冠上)這個片語是隱喻仰賴過去的成功,現作貶義,以勸誡自滿及怠惰。 (台北時報編譯林俐凱譯) 只贏了一兩次就沾沾自喜、得意忘形,你也太不長進了吧! (Well,...FULL STORY

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