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China's Green ReligionDaoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future$
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James Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175869

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175869.001.0001

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Liquid Ecology

Liquid Ecology

(p.43) 3 Liquid Ecology
China's Green Religion

James Miller

Columbia University Press

The Chinese term qi denotes flow of life through the cosmos, landscapes and bodies. Daoist metaphysics is not based on an understanding of things as solid substances. Confucian traditions emphasize the genealogical flow of life from one generation to the next. Daoist traditions emphasize the contextual flow of life between the body and the world understood as a complex, fluid process formed by the circulation of qi in a binary (yinyang) pattern of ebb and flow. Just as water flows in and through mountains, so also qi flows in and through human bodies, connecting the liquid vitality of the body to the liquid vitality of the landscapes it inhabits.

Keywords:   Ecology, Qi, Anthropology, Fengshui, Fluid, Yinyang, Landscape

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