|Classic Taoist taijitu of 'fish-like' shape - CHINA|
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Taijitu - CHINA
Today was a great day concerning Postcrossing - four official cards werre waiting for me on my mailbox! The first one comes from China and it shows one of the most well-know symbols of Taoism, the Taijitu (also know in the west as Yin-Yang) representing the harmony between opposites (desirable, achievable, but not always easy as we unfortunately know). It's curious that similar symbols appear in ancient civilizations with apparently no contact with eachother (I have a T-Shirt I bought in Scotland with a Gaelic Celt Symbol very close to the taijitu). Thank you very much Xiai. This postcard took 35 days to arrive!
Taijitu is a term which refers to a Chinese symbol for the concept of yin and yang (Taiji). It is the universal symbol of the religion known as Taoism and is also often used by non-Taoists to represent the concept of opposites existing in harmony. The taijitu consists of a rotated pattern inside a circle. The pattern may have one or more large dots. Patterns similar to the taijitu also form part of Celtic, Etruscan, Roman and much earlier Cucuteni-Trypillian culture iconography, where they are loosely referred to as yin yang symbols by modern scholars.