Ancient Cosmology And The Natural Laws Of The Universe

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It has been embedded in Chinese psyche that nature is a powerful force which nurtures life and human beings but could also be unpredictable, uncontrollable and terribly devastating. Always bearing in mind the incredible power of nature, early Chinese noticed the perpetual transformation and interchange between all elements in the universe in order to inhibit, to support, to impact and to impulse each other’s development and expansion. Therefore, it is a common belief among most Chinese that harmony is the essence of life and all living beings coordinate under the natural laws of the universe. This ancient cosmology leads us to the concept of yin and yang, a famous Chinese philosophy explaining the balance of all elements in the universe.

According to Chinese mythology, yin and yang were born from chaos when the universe were first created and they are believed to exist in harmony at the center of the Earth. During the creation, their achievement of balance in the cosmic egg allowed for the birth of Pangu (or P’an ku), the first human. In addition, the first gods Fuxi, Nuwa and Shennong were born from yin and yang. Although we still could not trace the exact date of this philosophy, the oldest archaeological evidence was dated back to over 10,000 years ago, around the Shang dynasty. The earliest characters presenting yin and yang were found on some oracle bone inscriptions used by Shang kings to communicate with royal ancestor spirits and Di, Shang’s supreme god. However,…

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