Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Yin Yang, or the Taji: a ubiquitous symbol from ancient China

Yin Yang
Originally uploaded by psgri2003
In Chinese philosophy the yin and yang are generalized descriptions of the antitheses or mutual correlations in human perceptions of phenomena in the natural world, combining to create a unity of opposites in the theory of the Taiji. Thus sayeth Wikipedia.org.

The dual concepts of yin and yang (or heaven and earth) describe two primal opposing but complementary principles or cosmic forces said to be found in all non-static objects and processes in the universe.

This seemingly paradoxical concept is the cornerstone of most branches of Chinese philosophy, as well as traditional Chinese medicine.

And, what, may I ask, does 'ubiquitous' mean?

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