Monday, March 31, 2008

Yin and Yang

The Yin and Yang is a symbol too common in Chinese culture for me not to mention it. The Chinese people are all about balance, and thus, the idea of yin and yang. The concept of yin and yang (or earth and heaven) describes two opposing and, at the same time, complementary and completing aspects of any one phenomenon, or comparison of any two phenomena. Yin stands for "shady place, north slope, southern river; cloudy, overcast", and possesses the qualities of passiveness, darkness, femininity, negativeness, downward-seeking, consuming and corresponding to the night. Yang, on the other hand, means "sunny place, southern slope, northern river, and sunshine", and represents qualities of activeness, light, masculinity, positiveness, upward-seeking, producing and corresponds to the daytime. Thus, the world cannot just have good or bad, but a combination of both to even out the energy of the world, and to create a healthy balance.

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