Chinese calligraphy is, perhaps, more than 6000 years old. In Chinese tradition, five elements: water, fire, wood, metal and earth are the origins of all things. However, the Greeks, from a different, more recent tradition, selected only four elemental properties. These are represented by four ideograms above, counterclockwise from 6 o’clock: Tû (earth), Huô (fire), Feng (wind), and Shuî (water). In content and form, these combine in a cycle to convey the central organizing ideas of the four programs transcribed in this section.
My thanks to Lowell McMullin for her gift of these four ideograms.
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