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Please explain the concept of "shanshui" in reference to the chapter -- Landscape of the Soul

 shanshui is the concept in chinese culture which means 'mountain water". 

here, mountain means yang- going vertically towards heaven. it is high, warm, dry in sun, and masculine.

the water represents yin- floating on the surface of earth. it is calm, cool, and supposedly femanine.

the interraction of these two takes place in the middle void. in chinese paintings, the unpainted gap is said to be the middle void. this is also said to be the place where man finds the fundamental role between heaven and earth. 

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shanshui literally mean mountain water

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