English translation: Life force

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23:42 Jun 17, 2018
Chinese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Philosophy / Taoism
Chinese term or phrase:
I understand this character is a variant of 气. However, I'm unsure whether an EN translation would differ from more common translations of 气.
The genre is fantasy literature in which some characters have supernatural powers.
The dialogue has one character explaining these powers to another character:

我们管这种能量叫做。。。


Grateful for your advice on this!
ls789
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:42
English translation:Life force
Explanation:
In traditional Chinese culture, qi or ch'i (About this sound qì) is believed to be a vital force forming part of any living entity. Qi translates as "air" and figuratively as "material energy", "life force", or "energy flow".
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Jiaying Ma
Australia
Local time: 20:42
Grading comment
Thank you, Jiaying! I was interested to know how 炁 would differ from 气/氣, if at all.
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Life force


Explanation:
In traditional Chinese culture, qi or ch'i (About this sound qì) is believed to be a vital force forming part of any living entity. Qi translates as "air" and figuratively as "material energy", "life force", or "energy flow".


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi
Jiaying Ma
Australia
Local time: 20:42
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
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Thank you, Jiaying! I was interested to know how 炁 would differ from 气/氣, if at all.
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