カ, ケ, ば.ける, ば.かす, ふ.ける, け.する
change, take the form of, influence, enchant, delude, -ization
JLPT3 G3 S4 F89
The relevant bronzeware inscription form shows a fallen person aligned with a seated person. A seal inscription form has a standing person aligned with another person, the latter assuming a curious pose. The meanings *transformation*, *change*, *assume a disguise*, *bewitch* and *deceive* suggest that the two figures depicted in 化 are one and the same individual, who has undergone a transformation in posture or appearance.
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