Taoism in China
Taoism (pronounced and also spelled Daoism; Chinese: 道教 or 道家; pinyin: dàojiào or dàojiā) is a philosophical and religious tradition that emphasizes living in harmony with the Tao (Chinese: 道; pinyin: dào). The term Tao (or Dao, ) originally means “way”, “path” or “principle”
The Taijitu (“yin and yang”) symbol 太極圖 as well as the Ba gua 八卦 (“Eight Trigrams”) are associated with Taoist symbolism. While almost all Taoist organizations make use of the yin and yang symbol, one could also call it Confucian, Neo-Confucian or pan-Chinese. The yin and yang make an “S” shape, with yin (Black or Red) on the right. One is likely to see this symbol as decorations on Taoist organization flags and logos or temple floors. According to Song Dynasty sources, it originated around the 10th century. Previously, yin and yang were symbolized by a tiger and dragon.