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This symbol known as the Tai Chi Chu symbol or Yin-Yang symbol has its roots in ancient Chinese cosmology The original meaning of yin and yang is representative of the mountains--both the dark side and the bright side or the contrasting shaded and sunlight slopes of the mountain These two words can possibly be traced back to the Shang and Chou Dynasty1550 - 1050BC But most scholars credit the Yin and Yang to the Han Dynasty 206BC-AD 220 At this time The Yin Yang School was founded by Tsou Yen It combines the ancient philosophy of the 5 elements wood fire earth metal water and combined them into a cosmology of cyclical movements The arrangement between the two poles forms a cycle of movement or the meaning of change In relationship to the elements wood and fire belong to the yang and water and meter to yin Earth belongs to both yin and yang because it assists both The yin and yang only represent opposite poles NOT good or evil You might ask what role the Yin and Yang play in everyday life Well as you can see the Chinese picked up on this many years ago The ideas behind Yin and Yang developed by observing the physical world It was observed that nature appears to group into pairs mutually dependent opposites For example the concept of night has no meaning without the concept of day Americans picked up on the connection but never truly tried to name it Yin and Yang are just opposites I believe thats were the saying Opposites attract originated from Chinese believed that in any situation that without the positive and the negative there could never be a whole Because you want get a perfect fit There are so many examples that can be explained examples that have never truly been thought through or examined For instance a magnet has a South Pole and a North Pole Putting two south
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