Week 4

Week 4 Meeting (Wednesday) : Prof. Cheok has gave us an overall introduction of on-going projects and their future improvements in MXR lab.


Tasks:
1. Readings of intergeneration communication.
2. Extra readings of Confucius, Wu-hsing, Yin Yang, Chiese Music Theoy
3. Find relationship between painting objects and 5 elements and the features of the elements.
4. Continues studying code of Music-painting and the possible improvements


Features of the 5 elements (wu-hsing):

“木曰曲直”:“曲”,屈也;“直”,伸也。曲直,是指树木的枝条具有生长、柔和,能屈又能伸的特性,引申为凡具有生长、升发、条达、舒畅等性质或作用的事物和现象,归属于木。

“火曰炎上”:“炎”,是焚烧、炎热、光明之义;“上”,是上升。炎上,是指火具有炎热、上升、光明的特性。引申为凡具有温热、上升、光明等性质或作用的事物和现象,归属于火。

“土爰稼穑”:“爰”,通“曰”;“稼”,即种植谷物;“穑”,即收获谷物。稼穑,泛指人类种植和收获谷物的农事活动。引申为凡具有生化、承载、受纳性质或作用的事物和现象,归属于土。故有“土载四行”、“万物土中生”、“万物土中灭”和“土为万物之母”说。

“金曰从革”:“从”,顺也;“革”,即变革。是指金有刚柔相济之性:金之质地虽刚硬,可作兵器以杀戮,但有随人意而更改的柔和之性。引申为凡具有沉降、肃杀、收敛等性质或作用的事物和现象,归属于金。

“水曰润下”:“润”,即滋润、濡润;“下”即向下、下行。润下,是指水具有滋润、下行的特性。引申为凡具有滋润、下行、寒凉、闭藏等性质或作用的事物和现象,归属于水。
从上述五行的特性可以看出,五行学说中的木、火、土、金、水,已经不是这五种具体物质本身,而是五种物质不同属性的概括.


Relationship between painting objects and 5 elements:

Five elements represent not only substances themselves, but also generalizations of five different properties.
For example, in Chinese, horse represents zest and rapture. Therefore it can be used to represent fire element.
According to wu-hsing, west and autumn, which correspond to metal element, can be represent by white tiger.
Earth has meaning of planting grains and harvest. Anything (e.g. wheat) which embodies this meaning can be used to represent earth.


SUMMARY of Five elements and it's correspondents, please refer to attached file "Wu-hsing summary".


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