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yin′ and yang′(n.)

  1. (in Chinese philosophy and religion) two principles, one negative, dark, and feminine

    Category: Eastern Religions, Philosphy

    Ref: ( yin 1 ); ( yang )

Origin of yin and yang:

1930–35; < Chin yīn-yáng


  1. Yin and yang

    In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang, which is often called "yin and yang", 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 interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept. 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, and a central principle of different forms of Chinese martial arts and exercise, such as baguazhang, taijiquan, and qigong and of I Ching. 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,. Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation.


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