Metaphor, Body, and Culture: The Chinese Understanding of Gallbladder and Courage

  title={Metaphor, Body, and Culture: The Chinese Understanding of Gallbladder and Courage},
  author={Ning Yu},
  journal={Metaphor and Symbol},
  pages={13 - 31}
  • Ning Yu
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Sociology
  • Metaphor and Symbol
According to the theory of internal organs in traditional Chinese medicine, the gallbladder has the function of making judgments and decisions in mental processes and activities, and it also determines one's degree of courage. This culturally constructed medical characterization of the gallbladder forms the base of the cultural model for the concept of courage. In the core of this cultural model is a pair of conceptual metaphors: (a) "GALLBLADDER IS CONTAINTER OF COURAGE," and (b) "COURAGE IS… 

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