Religious symbolism of unity of opposites

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Religious symbolism of unity of opposites is the use of symbols, to express that the dualistic nature of the material, having a oneness in its self. The predominant opposites depicted are those of male/female, but can also be light/darkness, heaven/earth, warm/cold. Each symbol may also contain several of these aspects or suggest a sinonym of these aspects.

Religion or philosophy Name Symbol
Buddhism Golden fish pair
8signs-SERNYA.svg
Yab-Yum[1]
Kangiten[2]
Shoten.jpg
Gnosticism Gnostic Ankh[3]
Ankh.svg
Caduceus[4] (also a symbol of Alchemy and Hermeticism)
Caduceus.svg
Gold and Silver or Sun and Moon (mostly a symbol of Alchemy and Hermeticism)
Sun symbol.svg
Crescent.svg
Double Ouroboros[5] (also a symbol of Alchemy and Hermeticism)
Ouroboros-simple.svg
Hinduism Ardhanari
Ardhanari.png
Connection of nadis at chakras (more specifically solar nadi pingala and lunar nadi ida)[6]
Yogin with six chakras, India, Punjab Hills, Kangra, late 18th century.jpg
Linga-Yoni[7]
Linga-Yoni.jpg
Union of Bhairava (Shiva in his terrible form) and Kali
Kali and Bhairava in Union.jpg
Yantra[8]
SriYantra construct.svg
Judaism Star of David[9]
Black Star of David.svg
Mayas Hunab Ku[10]
Maya calendar (Hunab-Ku).svg
Taoism (Daoism) Yin and yang (Taiji)[11]
Yin yang.svg
Thelema Unicursal Hexagram
Unicursalhexigramcurved.svg

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yab-yum on about.com
  2. ^ Sanford, James H. (1991). "Literary Aspects of Japan's Dual-Gaņeśa Cult". In Brown, Robert L. Ganesh : studies of an Asian god. Albany: State University of New York Press. p. 289. ISBN 0791406563. 
  3. ^ Ankh (Crux ansata, Key of Life, Key of the Nile) on about.com
  4. ^ Caduceus (kerykeion) on about.com
  5. ^ Ouroboros on about.com
  6. ^ Ida, Pingala, Sushuma
  7. ^ Shiva Lingam on about.com
  8. ^ Yantra on about.com
  9. ^ Star of David (Magen David, Shield of David) on about.com
  10. ^ Hunab Ku on about.com (via the Internet Archive)
  11. ^ Fang, Tony. "Yin Yang: A New Perspective on Culture". Management and Organization Review 8 (1): 25–50. doi:10.1111/j.1740-8784.2011.00221.x. 

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