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The Yinyang Symbol  

The two forces in eastern philosophy known as yin and yang complement one another and are both found in every aspect of life. Yin is associated with the earth, darkness, water and the female. Yang, its opposite, is associated with light, heaven, air, odd numbers and the male. When these two forces are in harmony with one another, they are two halves of the circle, one light and the other dark. The small circles within each half show that part of each opposite is always found within the other. They are not in fact really opposites at all, but rather two sides of the same thing. The Chinese language acknowledges this inseparable reciprocity by having one word -- "yinyang" -- rather than the English phrase "yin and yang."

 

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