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Wu Xing : The Five Elements



The Wu Xing, or the Five Movements, Five Phases or Five Steps/Stages, are chiefly an ancient mnemonic device, in many traditional Chinese fields.

It is sometimes translated as Five Elements, but the Wu Xing are chiefly an ancient mnemonic device, hence the preferred translation of movements, phases or steps over elements. By the same token, Mu is thought of as “Tree” rather than “Wood”.

The system of five phases was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. It was employed as a device in many fields of early Chinese thought, including seemingly disparate fields such as geomancy or Feng shuiastrologytraditional Chinese medicinemusicmilitary strategy and martial arts-Wikipedia



We found that Wu Xing system is very interesting, the five elements system isn’t only used in China, it also used on Japanese Philosophy, Hinduism & Sanskrits (Krishna Avatars). Universal consciousness lead people of the ancient times to make an almost similar system based on the continuous trading between those countries which would mixed their cultural & mindset habit.

And it also might be possible that those countries have the same plant, in this case Lotus, for the base & foundation of their philosophy. 



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va • da • ti

va • da • ti ( वदति )

Vadati is a word in Sanskrit language which means ‘to express’ something. Expression is one of the symbols created by the collective/universal consciousness and also occurs because of the deal made by former people from its function in the past/ancient times.

In its application, an expression is very related with archetypes. Where archetypes themselves bridge two or more different linguistic-type factions with gestural symbol, behavior patterns and written/drawn symbols or pictures.

however, in this day and age people are more interested in a symbol that doesn’t directly give a message to people, in accordance with the development of human intellectual and social life, symbols of expression become a very interesting topic to be appointed in various works in many intellectual field, including art & design.

In short, our ‘Vadati’ is a process and attainment to interpret the expression of the world with other various shapes and symbols that are hosted by points, lines and colors to symbolize some expression that was hard to symbolize in the past/recent times and to remake some symbols that had been made in the past, make them more aesthetically & implicitly interesting.

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