The 5 Elements

Early cultures the world over described basic elements or fundamental qualities of the physical world. These principles are core to many traditional practices and understanding in health, architecture, event timing, and more. Common to India (Mahabhuta), Greece, and Japan (Godai) are Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Buddhism  emphasizes the first 4. The 5 elements of China (Wu Xing) are slightly different. I realized in seeing them in chart form that with the 2 unique ones, wood comes between water and fire while metal comes between water and earth. They are leaving off air and space and adding more detail … Continue Reading…