Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi, wearing traditional costume, holding the 'Yin-yang' symbol. Watercolour, China, 18--.
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Fu Hsi (ca. 4,000 BC) is the father of the Chinese Tai Chi Philosophy of yin and yang and thus the I Ching. His theory was based on a system of eight 'Trigrams' (patterns of lines based on the yin-yang symbols, which together represent stages in the continuous process of change, and the connections between past, present and future) The 'Yin-yang' symbol represents the perfect balance between the interaction of opposites in the universe, and is central to the principles of Chinese medicine
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