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    Meaning of Shaolin

    I was wondering does shaolin really mean new "forest"?
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    Shao means few or little, as in amount.
    Xiao, pronounced differently, means small, as in size.

    I always get the two confused, as you can see from my usage of them

    Lin means forest or trees.

    Shao Lin was an area of few forest areas, little forest, or few trees.

    So much for descriptive Chinese language. Damo's Hood would have been my choice.
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    lol
    shao in shaolin is one of the characters.. meaning young or small
    xiao in xiao hong chuan means little or lesser or something like that... I get confused as well.
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    xiao=government invented
    lin=wushu

    lolo

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    Always so cynical...

    got to love it.
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    Cynical would be xiao=little Lin=penis

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    Well a new forest, probably is small.
    "If you want pure self-defense buy a can of mace." Grandmaster Villari (I think that is it).

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    Don't always take things so literally. Almost any place in the world without a forrest could be an area with few forrests.

    You are correct in the literal translation of the words. However, Shao was taken from Shao Shi Shan, the Shao Shi Mountain, and Lin from the surrounding forrest. With a Buddhist Temple in this site the name Shao Lin Si fits.

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    shao who? damo's hood... oh yeah i know that place,oh... wait thats damu.
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