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Chinese term meaning ‘five phases’, fire, earth, wood, metal, and water, which form the structure of change (wood gives birth to fire; fire to earth, earth to metal, water overcomes fire, etc.). Together with yin and yang these were the basis of Chinese cosmologies in the period 403 bc to ad 220, and could be interpreted in medicine and in ritual and colour.

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