High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Taijitu (Wade-Giles:
T'ai Chi T'u; Pinyin: tai ji tu; Rough English translation:
"diagram of ultimate power") is a term which refers to a Chinese
symbol for the concept of yin and yang (Taiji). The taijitu
consists of a symmetrical pattern inside a circle. One common
pattern has an S-shaped line that divides the circle into two equal
parts of different colors. The pattern may have one or more large
dots. The classic Taoist taijitu (pictured right), for example, is
black and white with a black dot upon the white background, and a
white dot upon the black background. Patterns similar to the
taijitu also form part of Celtic, Etruscan and Roman iconography,
where they are loosely referred to as yin yang symbol by modern
scholars; no relationship between these and the Chinese symbol has
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