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The great tower mentioned in the Book of Ether comes to mind when we consider the character "to migrate" (fig. 4). Its radicals mean "great-division-west-walking." This appears to be a good description of the scene at the great tower after the confusion of the language. The great tower was located in the west from the Chinese point of view.
Chinese character: Migrate
fig. 4

The character for "pattern" (fig. 5) is intriguing since the radicals "tree-lamb-eternal" strongly suggest Christ. ("The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world")
Chinese Character: Pattern
fig. 5

Because the Restoration is the only part of Christianity that believes that the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught from the beginning, it would be interesting to look for that concept In the Chinese characters. If it could be demonstrated that not only the Genesis account was known by the ancient Chinese but also the gospel of Jesus Christ as well, a great deal of interest would then be expressed in the Restoration. There are some hints in "The Discovery of Genesis" that the full implication of the meanings of some of the characters could be more completely understood from a Restoration viewpoint but additional study is needed by Restoration students of Chinese before more can be said.

A character that seems to be related to Mesoamerican archaeology is "serpent" (fig. 6). The radicals for this character are not as well explained in the book but it is significant that the snake has feathers. The feathered snake or Quetzalcoatl is probably the main deity of Mesoomerica and has many of the attributes of Jesus Christ. Miguel Covarrubias, the late, brilliant Mexican art historian and archaeologist, once demonstrated in a lecture that the Chinese dragon and the Mesoamerican feathered serpent were the same. This character would strengthen his argument.
Chinese Character: Serpent
fig. 6

The final character chosen for discussion is one that probably relates directly to a part of the Jaredite history. This is the character meaning "division" (fig. 7), whose radicals mean "eight-knife." The knife Is a symbol for division. Kong and Nelson take the position that the radical "eight" refers to the eight people in Noah's ark as it most certainly did in the character for "boat." In this case, their explanation does not seem to be as convincing.
Chinese character: Division
fig. 7

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