Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Yin and Yang

In ancient Chinese belief, the complementary principles of life, with Yin corresponding to the Earth (female, dark, passive) and Yang to Heaven (male, light, active). The preferred complex Balance is reflected in the yin-yang symbol, where dark and light flow into each other and each has a blob of the opposite colour at its heart. Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea series celebrates this needed interplay of light and dark, life and death, a dance on which the world depends; but R A Lafferty, disliking such implied compromise between Good and Evil, made bladed yin-yangs the weapon of the Enemy in Aurelia (1982). [DRL]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.