In Chinese philosophy, the concept of Yin-Yang (simplified Chinese: 阴阳; traditional Chinese: 陰陽; pinyin: yīnyáng), which is often called “yin and yang,” in the cultures of Western Civilization — literally meaning “shadow and light” — is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they inter-relate to one other. The concept lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine,1 and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan (t’ai chi), and qigong (Chi Kung) and of I Ching. Many natural dualities (e.g., dark & light, female & male, low & high, cold & hot, water & fire, etc., etc.,) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept.

Yin and yang are actually complementary — not opposing — forces, interacting to form a whole greater than either separate part; in effect, a dynamic system. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, (e.g., shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation. The concept of yin and yang is often symbolized by various forms of the Taijitu symbol, for which it is probably best known in Western cultures.

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  • Richard George
    Richard Georgeover 1 year ago

    this is magnificant work…

  • appreciate your saying so, richard thanks very much

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  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsover 1 year ago

    Mesmerizing and lovely work.

  • thank you very much Jane for the wonderful compliment

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  • Kevyn Paul Eisenman
    Kevyn Paul Eis...over 1 year ago

    Aye… I love this! A sweet piece of Balance, Irene!

  • thanks very much Kevyn, appreciate the compliment

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  • wormink
    worminkover 1 year ago

    we dig enjoy and create

  • glad you like, thanks very much wormink

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  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 1 year ago

    Beautiful work, Irene . . . love how you handled the yin yang . . .

  • glad you like this and thanks for the wonderful compliment Carol and Mike

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  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 1 year ago

    Great work Irene

  • thanks Gene, appreciate the honour very much

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  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 1 year ago

    amazing work

  • thanks simon, appreciate your compliment

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  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 1 year ago

    Spectacular!! :)

  • glad you like thanks for the great compliment keith

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    tori yuleover 1 year ago

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  • thanks very much for this fabulous honour Tori

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    Stacey Lazarusover 1 year ago

    Great Work!
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  • wow, thanks for this fabulous honour SC & Deborah

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