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Tai Yi Sheng Shui and Creating of Ecological Time ― Comparing with the “water” Metaphor in Lao Zi

Jeong, Seok-do 1

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ABSTRACT

Tai Yi Sheng Shui 太一生水 is a book that is close to Daoism in the pre-Qin period. The form and body of Tai Yi Sheng Shui has something in common with Lao Zi老子, so the organizer thinks Tai Yi Sheng Shui and Lao Zi may be the same book originally. Including “Taiyi太一”, Tai Yi Sheng Shui ’s main idea is to deal with correlative concept “Tian天 and Di地,” “Yin陰 and Yang陽”,“Sishi四 时,”and etc. which already found in the pre-Qin classics. However, the logical process from “Taiyi” to “Water” is a very new logical flow about creation of all things which does not seen in books of the Pre-Qin. It is generally believed that the “water” of Tai Yi Sheng Shui can be compared with the concept of “water” of Lao Zi to find the similarity between the two, but the “water” of Tai Yi Sheng Shui and that of Lao Zi has a completely different meaning. The former is related to the creation of time, that is, the “water” of Tai Yi Sheng Shui is a materialization of creating time, and the latter is associated with the “legitimate (political legitimacy) of the ruling power.” At the same time, Tai Yi Sheng Shui does not belong to cosmology or cosmogony, but it is the creation theory of ecological time originating from the “water.”

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