RELG211 - Lecture 10 (Chinese World Thoughts)

RELG211 Lecture - Definition of World View Total system of ideas values beliefs and actions employed by a civilization to express its

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Sheet1 Page 1 Definition of World View: Total system of ideas, values, beliefs and actions employed by a civilization to express its interpretat i o Chinese world view: Cosmologists: Ask questions like "what are the primordial substances of the universe?" Cosmogony: Refers to ideas about the origins of the universe Ontology: Ideas about the nature of humankind Tao: Not a god/goddess -Without it, there would be no cyclical processes Happiness or anger of the spirit world rests on the shoulders of human beings How do you describe Yin-Yang: -Symmetrical -Equality -Light/dark -Balance, Harmony If yin and yang are operating equally, we have balance If not, we have dis-ease -Symbol comes about in the 10th century, during Tsung dynasty Dragons always represent Yang Pearl/water/clouds/tigers/etc represent Yin Human Anatomy: Yin organs: Lungs, Kidney, Spleen, Liver, Heart Yang organs: Bladder, stomach, Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Gallbladder Foods Yin foods: Bamboo, rhubarb, cucumber, watermelon, gardenia
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course RELG 211 taught by Professor Mader during the Spring '08 term at Lansing.

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RELG211 Lecture - Definition of World View Total system of ideas values beliefs and actions employed by a civilization to express its

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