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Five Elements

wǔ xíng
Five Elements Vertical Wall Scroll

五行 is the title of the five elements which are: wood, fire, water, earth, and metal.

The first character means "5" and the second character is simply "elements."

According to ancient Chinese science, all matter in the world is made up of these elements. One idea presented with the five elements is that when energy is added, matter is believed to expand. When energy is removed, matter contracts. Oddly, this concept is not far from Einstein's theories, and modern science. Just a few thousand years before Einstein.

More info: Wikipedia - Five Elements (Wu Xing).

Five Elements Tai Chi Fist

wǔ xíng tài jí quán
go gyou tai kyoku ken
Five Elements Tai Chi Fist Vertical Wall Scroll

五行太極拳 is a certain school or style of Tai Chi (Taiji). The characters literally mean "Five Elements Tai Chi Fist."

In Taiwan, it would be Romanized as "Wu Hsing Tai Chi Chuan" - see the standard Mandarin method above in the gray box (used in mainland China and the official Romanization used by the Library of Congress).

The last three characters are sometimes translated as "Grand Ultimate Fist," so the whole thing can be "Five Elements Grand Ultimate Fist" if you wish.

I have not confirmed the use of this title in Korean but if it is used, it's probably only by martial arts enthusiasts. The pronunciation is correct as shown above for Korean.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Five Elements五行gogyou / gogyowǔ xíng / wu3 xing2 / wu xing / wuxingwu hsing / wuhsing
Five Elements Tai Chi Fist五行太極拳
go gyou tai kyoku ken
go gyo tai kyoku ken
wǔ xíng tài jí quán
wu3 xing2 tai4 ji2 quan2
wu xing tai ji quan
wu hsing t`ai chi ch`üan
wu hsing tai chi chüan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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wǔ xíng / wu3 xing2
wu hsing
 gogyou / gogyo / ごぎょう
Five Elements Tai Chi Fist Vertical Wall Scroll
five phases of Chinese philosophy: wood 木, fire 火, earth 土, metal 金, water 水
(1) (See 五大・ごだい・1) the five elements (in Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water); the five phases; wu xing; (2) {Buddh} five practices of the Bodhisattvas; (3) (See 六信五行) the five pillars of Islam; (surname, given name) Gogyou
The five lines of conduct. I. According to the 起信論 Awakening of Faith they are almsgiving; keeping the commandments; patience under insult; zeal or progress; meditation. II. According to the 涅槃經 Nirvana Sutra they are saintly or bodhisattva deeds; arhat, or noble deeds; deva deeds; children's deeds (i. e. normal good deeds of men, devas, and Hinayanists); sickness conditions, e. g. illness, delusion, etc.; — into all these lines of conduct and conditions a Bodhisattva enters. III. The five elements, or tanmātra— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water; or earth, water, ire, air, and ether (or space) as taught by the later Mahāyāna philosophy; idem 五大; five practices


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 gogyoudai / gogyodai / ごぎょうだい (place-name) Gogyoudai


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 gogyougawa / gogyogawa / ごぎょうがわ (personal name) Gogyougawa


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wǔ háng bā zuō / wu3 hang2 ba1 zuo1
wu hang pa tso
all the trades; people of all trades and professions


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 gogyourokushin / gogyorokushin / ごぎょうろくしん (See 六信五行) the five pillars of Islam and six articles of faith


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 rokushingogyou / rokushingogyo / ろくしんごぎょう the six articles of faith and five pillars of Islam


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sì xìn wǔ xíng / si4 xin4 wu3 xing2
ssu hsin wu hsing
 shishin gogyō
The four right objects of faith and the five right modes of procedure; the 眞如 bhūtatathatā and the 三寳 Three Precious Ones are the four; the five are almsgiving, morality, patience, zeal (or progress), and 觀 meditation; four kinds of faith and five practices


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 inyougogyou;onyougogyou / inyogogyo;onyogogyo / いんようごぎょう;おんようごぎょう (yoji) the cosmic dual forces (yin and yang) and the five elements (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) in Chinese cosmology

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