water, fire, wood, earth, metal

18:41 Mar 23, 2000
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English term or phrase: water, fire, wood, earth, metal
kind sir,
I am looking for the chinese characters for the five elements as mentioned above.water, fire, wood, earth, and metal. if you can not help me can you recommend a web site that can or one that might just list them.
thank you for your time.

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Elizabeth Tu
George Gong



21 mins

i think they refer to the so called five elements (wu5 xing2) in the Chinese tradition.

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The five elements held by the ancient Chinese to compose the physical universe and later used in traditional Chinese medicine to explain various physiological and pathological phenomena.

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These are the five basic elements in life and is used in balancing the energies in Feng Shui. It is also listed in the order as I have written it. jin, mu, shui, huo, tu. In Japan, these are used to list the days of the week. In China it is used to list the elements of the eight directions; the colors; numbers; and numeric order.

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