We Just Learned What Uncle’s Chant Means from ‘Jackie Chan Adventures’
If you were a kid in the early 2000s, you probably remember this amazing show:
That’s right, “Jackie Chan Adventures” — otherwise known as a gift from the cartoon gods.
The story follows Chan, his wise-cracking niece, Jade, and his ultra-knowledgeable Uncle — lovingly referred to as “Uncle” — as they gather the 12 zodiac talismans to keep them safe from the evil Shendu.
While Chan’s martial arts prowess and Jade’s quick-thinking made for a great team, the pair couldn’t do without Uncle’s wisdom; as such, they often asked for his help in obtaining the talismans.
Fans of the series know that one of the most iconic lines comes from Uncle himself — a chant that he repeats in times of dire need.
For those who don’t speak Cantonese, they may write this off as a nonsensical phrase — after all, it is a kid’s cartoon, right?
As it would turn out, Uncle’s incantation, “Jiu mo gwai gwaai faai di zau”, or “妖魔鬼怪快哋走”, means “Evil demons and malevolent spirits, be gone!”
Pretty neat, huh? And here you doubted Uncle!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have my childhood to rewatch!