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Learn Chinese Calligraphy of the ‘Five Elements’

'Wu Xing' (五行), also known as the 'Five Elements,' are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe, according to traditional Chinese philosophy. (Image courtesy of NTDTV AP)
'Wu Xing' (五行), also known as the 'Five Elements,' are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe, according to traditional Chinese philosophy. (Image courtesy of NTDTV AP)

Chinese calligraphy is not only an art of writing, it is also a way of keeping fit. Writing calligraphy can help regulate emotions, which in turn enhances physical health and mental wellbeing.

Calligraphy is therefore regarded as a non-drug therapy.

Basically, there are five major writing styles in Chinese calligraphy:

  • Zuan (seal script)
  • Li (official, or clerical script)
  • Xing (running script)
  • Kai (regular script)
  • Tsao (cursive script)

Among the five styles, the regular script is the most easily and widely recognized one.

 

The characters in this demonstration are in regular script. They were written by Mr. Hsiao Shih-Hao, president of the Moxiang Calligraphy Association in Taipei, Taiwan. He has been an enthusiastic calligrapher for over 40 years, and has participated in many major calligraphy exhibitions in Taiwan.

The characters of “Wu Xing,” including metal, wood, water, fire and earth.

(Image courtesy of NTDTV AP)

Wu Xing, also known as the Five Elements, which include Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth, and are believed to be the fundamental elements of everything in the universe, according to traditional Chinese philosophy.

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