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Yin and Yang


Mark Cartwright
by Dan Carter
published on 25 November 2012
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The Chinese yin and yang are an important element of Chinese philosophy and religion, representing the principle that all things exist as inseparable and contradictory opposites, the correct balance of which creates harmony. They are mutually dependent and contain at their core an element of their opposite, represented by the dots. Examples of opposite pairs include white-black, masculine-feminine, fire-water and rich-poor.

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Carter, D. (2012, November 25). Yin and Yang. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Carter, Dan. "Yin and Yang." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 25, 2012.

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Carter, Dan. "Yin and Yang." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 25 Nov 2012. Web. 26 Feb 2021.

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