Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2205 Yinyang Garden

Sometimes we use terms so sloppily. Not really giving much thought to their origins.

Like recently I was talking to a guy about the power of Asian symbolism and he got a little impatient with the whole discussion and said, "Enough already. I got Asian symbols up the yinyang."

Never once did it occur to him that the term yinyang, which he used to indicate an orifice in his nether regions, was in fact a contraction of the two words yin and yang, usually represented with the Chinese symbol of two paisleys mating.

Not sure how yin and yang, which sort of represent the oppositional nature of all things, the good and bad, the beautiful and ugly, the powerful and passive, came to mean the cave closed with a sphincter, but language and symbolism is funny that way.

On a similar note, I saw a sign recently outside a church's community garden. It said, "Garden of Weedin.'" Very cutsie. A nice little play on words with the old Garden of Eden.

But then I thought about it a little bit. This was a church, so I figure they know the story. The original Garden of Eden was a literal or figurative tale, depending on what church you were raised in, for the fall from grace of mankind. Meant to explain why the world isn't paradise, and we, humanity, are somehow at fault for making it so, perhaps with our false apple-eating pride. 

But the thing is, in the story, the Garden of Eden had no weeds. It was flawless. Weeds were part of the curse laid on us all. There was no weedin' in the Garden of Eden.

Hmmm. Weedin' implying Eden. Maybe the church's sign was meant to symbolize the Yin and Yang in all things.  

America, ya gotta love it. 

No comments: