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Yin-yang

Yin-yang   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
148 words

...moon, water, clouds, even numbers, and the yang the masculine, hard, active, red, the sun, and odd numbers. Combined with wu-hsing (five phases), these represent the organizing categories of the Chinese world-view....

mandrake

mandrake   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Body

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
376 words

...moon water. To do this small pieces of root were placed in a chalice of water and exposed to moonlight each night until the moon became full. Chemical investigation has shown that the plant contains alkaloids — all of which can cause the pupils to dilate, of which the predominant one turns out to be madragorine, shown to be identical to atropine , which is found in belladonna plants. As both plants are from the same family the coincidence is not surprising. In 1526 , Peter Treveris , in the Grete Herbal poured scorn on all the mandrake legends, stating...

Manhire, Bill

Manhire, Bill (1946– )   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
Length:
1,501 words

...moon, water, snow, clouds, stones, wind, birds, trees—are worked into his own idiosyncratic, thoroughly modern utterance. Many poems handle standard poetic themes, glancing obliquely at their predecessors. Man hire has the lyricist's sense of our subjection to Time, the transience of joy, the fragility of love. He writes about domestic events, personal relationships, families. He is a master of tender, close-up observation, as in his well-known reference (in ‘Song’) to ‘watching the small explosions / under your wrists’. He ranges through a semi-fabulous...

Petipa, Marius

Petipa, Marius (11 March 1818)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Performing arts, Dance, Music
Length:
8,583 words

...moon, water cascaded in waterfalls or shot up from playing fountains. Details of the architectural and interior decoration were remarkable for their scrupulously delicate workmanship. Sophisticated stage machinery enabled characters to emerge suddenly from underground or to drop out of sight just as suddenly, to glide on the surface of the stage riding special rails, to swing from the boughs of trees, or to fly at dizzying heights. The properties and trappings were varied and elaborate: the stage could be populated with dummies of elephants, camels,...

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