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Concept of Yin and Yang in Chinese Culture


The concept of Yin and Yang in Chinese culture can be traced back to the Yin and the western Zhou dynasty in Chinese culture. They believe in maintaining a proper baplance between the two terms. This is because they firmly believe that an imbalance between the two can result to chaos and confusion.

The Yin and Yang are two opposite principles in nature. The theory of Yin and Yang is applied to all the living as well as to the non-living objects in nature. The Concept of Yin is associated with the negative aspects and it symbolizes feminine character. To the opposite is Yang,

that associates positive qualities and it symbolizes the character of male. Chinese culture applied the theory of Yin and Yang in every aspects of life such as female and male, cold and hot, dark and bright, moon and sun, sad and happiness etc.

The balance between Yin and Yang is important in Chinese Culture. This is because they believed that they are inseparable from each other. The existence of one depends on the existence of the other. Chinese believe that the idea of Yin and Yang exist in every aspects of life. The two concepts are not static and they can be interchanged. The idea means that sometimes Yin can possess the quality of Yang and Yang can possess the quality of Yin or vice-versa. The Chinese cultural concept believes that the nature of Yin and Yang lies in the exchange and interplay of the two components. The rotation of the earth into day and night is a fine example of this fact.

The philosophical idea of Yin and Yang states that all natural objects on the earth have opposite forces that accompany with each other. The Yin and Yang has in developing table etiquettes in Chinese food culture. Chinese believe in the consumption of foods that have equal properties of both Yin and Yang. The proper balance helps the body to prevent from any disease. Foods should be consumed according to the temperature that is cold foods having the properties of Yang should be consumed during hot days and warm foods with the properties of Yin should be consumed in cold days. The concept of Yin and Yang also predominates on religious teachings of Confucianism and Taoism in Chinese culture.

Chinese believes that the ultimate object of Yin is earth and the ultimate object of Yang is heaven. Chinese culture believes that a fine combination of both Yin and Yang leads to the creation of the World.



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