What kind of animal is Master Shifu in Kung Fu Panda?
Dude Changed status to publish February 8, 2022
Shifu can either refer to the Chinese word for Master,
Shi 師. Fu 福 or Fú. Both words can be translated as “fortune” and “luck” in Mandarin respectively. Because of this, it is assumed that Shang Ling is both pronounced and spelled as “Shifu” because he was a tutorial master to Po in Kung Fu Panda.
Speculated possible meaning for Shifu’s name: The Master (師) who benefits from a destiny (福). Alternatively, someone who has attained enlightenment will long afterlife for such a state so it could refer to longevity as well. Hence the “rich man with longevity” interpretation which also gives reference to Shifu’s character.