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The Hidden Meaning Behind Yin and Yang

Picture of Rachel Deason
Updated: 24 February 2018
Everyone recognizes the symbol: the little black and white half circles that swirl into each other, with a dot of the opposite color on either side. Just by looking at it, its most basic meaning is clear: maintain balance. But the meaning of Yin and Yang goes much deeper than that.

Background

Few ancient philosophies have been as influential as Taoism. Developed in the 4th century B.C., the philosophy is centered around the achievement of ‘the Way’ and finding harmony and balance within. At the heart of this philosophy is the symbol that has come to represent it as its most identifiable aspect: the Yin and Yang.

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