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About Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang are famous symbols of the Tao & Taoism.  They are the dynamic force of the Tao, constantly interacting with one another

yin   yang
These statues from a Taoist temple symbolise Yin (left) and Yang (right).
They are holding the Chinese characters for "moon" and "sun", respectively.

Summary of Yin and Yang characteristics

  Yin Yang
Nature feminine masculine
passive active
receives creates
soft hard
dark bright
[yin & yang [Yin] [Yang]
Symbols moon sun
tiger dragon
north south
Colour black red
Numbers even odd
Chinese character [Yin] [Yang]
Original meaning north side of a hill (i.e. away from the sun) south side of a hill (i.e. facing the sun)

 

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