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Symbolism of Clouds (Trad. Chinese: 雲; Simp. Chinese: 云; pinyin: yún).
 


Clouds were created between earth and heaven, they symbolize the celestial realm. Clouds produce rain that brings benefits to the world. Clouds are also one of the most important elements in Chinese traditional paintings. Clouds are also symbols of celestial mobility because many gods and immortals used the cloud as a vehicle on which they traveled. Scrolling clouds are associated with deities, foretelling their arrival.

In Chinese mythology, dragons are believed to be able to create clouds with their breath. Dragons are associated with storm clouds and live giving rain.

"The chi of yin and yang breathes out as wind, rises up as clouds, descends as rain, and courses underground as vital energy".
From: The Zangshu, or Book of Burial by Guo Pu (276-324)

Dragon with Clöuds
Dragons roaming in clouds with the visible breath or the life-giving force chi.
Relief in a temple in Saigon, Vietnam Photo © nationsonline.org


See also: Five Elements
 


 

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