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Transcript of YinYang Presentation
Overview of the Presentation
The History of Yin Yang
Taoism: A Chinese philosophy based on the writing of Lao-tzu (fl. 6th century BC) advocating humility and religious peity
The YinYang Philosophy
Yin and Yang is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and culture in general dating from the third century BCE .
What is Yin?
Yin is feminine, black, dark, north, water (transformation), passive, moon (weakness and the goddess Changxi), cold, old, even numbers, valleys, poor, soft, and provides spirit to all things.
Modern Day References
Even though this philosophy has been around for centuries it still retains its relevancy in the digital age.
The history of YinYang
The difference between Yin and Yang
Modern day references
General principals of the YinYang philosophy
What is Yang?
Yang is masculine, white, light, south, fire (creativity), active, sun (strength and the god Xihe), heaven, warm, young, odd numbers, mountains, rich, hard, and provides form to all things.
Popular photos on a website called Tumblr
An influx of people getting a Yin Yang tattoo
A Canadian-American children's show airing from 2006 -2009
"An Evening with Mr. Yang"
This episode serves as the season 3 finale and is the beginning of the 3 episode story arc with the introduction of a notorious serial killer Mr. Yang who in the later episodes is discovered to have a partner named Mr. Yin.
This story arc makes heavy references to the duality of Yin and Yang and how together they balance each other out.
[The television series]
There have been countless references to this principal in the last decade. Some of them include:
All things exist as inseperable and contradictory opposites
i.e. female-male, old-young, dark-light
The two opposites attract and complement each other, and as the symbol suggest, each side has a part of the other side at its core
Neither part is better than the other, one cannot exist without the other and the parts must be equal to achieve harmony
In Chinese mythology it is believed that Yin and Yang were born from Chaos when the Universe was created. They were said to live in harmony at the Earth's core.
Their achievement of balance in the cosmic egg allowed for the birth of the first human, Pangu (P'an Ku)
Yin is a symbol of earth and absorbtion
Yang is a symbol of heaven and diffusion
Represented by a tiger, the colour orange or a broken line
Represented by the ragon, the colour azure and an unbroken line
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)