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Embracing Emptiness

The Chinese have always associated money with superstitions, rituals and philosophy. They are an essential component in traditional rituals of the most important events: in birth, love and marriage, creating a large family, and in death. The coins become amulets to promote good health and fortune, ward off the evil spirits and tokens to bribe the judges in the afterlife. Like today’s money, belief plays a central role, It was the Emporer who guaranteed the value. The idea was that if the coinage had no intrinsic value they would circulate much like blood through the veins. The circle represents heaven and the square the earth. Harmony balances the two. Emptiness is the essential paradox.  The black hole is at the center. To embrace it is to find peace and harmony in this world.