Traditionally the Chinese character of “Fire” (火, huo) is represented by the ideogram or picture of a flame (see diagram). A visit to the Hong Kong History Museum has changed my mind about that.fire_chn

There is an exhibit about prehistoric human activities in Hong Kong. It shows an early man creating fire with two flintstones.

The Chinese character 火 (fire) consists of two parts: the human (人) and the two strokes components, which can be the abstraction of two flintstones.

A man (人, ren or human) with two flintstones– that is the image of the Chinese character “fire”!