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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

...in the dark, dark in the white) indicating that each of the two contains the seed of the other and is about to produce the replication of its opposite in interaction. All oppositions can be mapped onto yin and yang, yin representing e.g. the feminine, yielding, receptive, 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...

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

...out of the ground, for anyone hearing the shriek would certainly perish. The root of the plant was commonly used for its medicinal properties, as an emetic and purgative, and for expelling demons. Mandrake was an important component for lunar rituals and was needed to produce 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...

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

...tentative. He mistrusts the words he relishes, hedges with ‘almost’, ‘I suppose’, ‘sometimes’, ‘apparently’, ‘perhaps’, ‘as it happens’, and the like. Yet these hesitancies are subsumed within an elegant music, marked by artfully sliding cadences. Traditional romantic images—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,...

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

...the pharaoh's palace. The sets of other Petipa ballets were also remarkable for their huge size, magnificence, and ingenious design. Trees bent from violent gusts of wind, the sky might be colored by the sinister glow of a conflagration or by the shimmering light of a peaceful 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...

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