Category: Research 10th July 2017
Any kind of art represents a history of traditions that were enrolled in the lives of humans for many centuries. The same is legible for the Chinese arts and their philosophy. Traditionally, the Chinese approach to art is defined through the major art systems that are distinguished in the world vision of life and its philosophy (Fairbank & Goldman 1998).
Chinese arts are is the combination of exclusive and exceptional as well as self-determining patterns in the history of arts. There are different opinions in regards to the Chinese arts as well as its perceptions by different people worldwide. In other words, such an approach to the Chinese traditions as well as to understanding the arts has been creating for ages of fantastic system of life (Timeline of Chinese History 2005).
In the world, Chinese arts are considered to be one of the most valuable findings of the world classifications of both audio and visual categories of arts, such as (U.S. Census 2005):
Thus, the Chinese arts as well as Chinese history turn out to be the same in a variety of ways. In parallel, Chinese arts also have been under the impact of the broad-minded area of studies dedicated to the folk customs and traditions of the century. Therefore, Chinese arts represent the combination of different kinds of arts that depict the dissimilar viewpoints of the art philosophers with the focus on any further development through the course of history of humankind (Berliner & Tang 2003).
Chinese calligraphy is one of the existing types of calligraphy that is known worldwide and used in the Chinese cultural tradition, which address the styles of China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. The most accepted traditions of the Chinese painting adhere to the Eastern perceptions of China. The core emphasis of the Chinese calligraphy addresses the writing with the help of ink. In fact, these traditions mean that all the writing is performed in a unique style. Besides, Chinese calligraphy is closely related to Chinese painting for the reason of similar cultural traditions to illustrate the variety of Chinese arts in the life of simple people. Hence, the style of writing looks as if it was connected with the dynamics of the life challenges. In other words, the approach of the Chinese calligraphy denotes the experience people have when dealing with the energy within, which, in its turn, reflects its outcbursts on the paper. This is the reason why it has become one of the Chinese arts in contemporary China and the Eastern world as a whole (X%u012Bgu%u012B 2000).
Traditional Chinese philosophy could be considered as the sort of art. The original perceptions of Chinese philosophy adhere to the so-called “100 schools of Thought”, which represent the deep understanding of human character as well as the potential of any further growth and development. At the same time, the heart of Chinese philosophy adheres to the cultural implications that are closely related to the intellectual values of people in China. In fact, the traditional Chinese philosophy dates back to a couple of thousand years. The core philosophies of China are hidden in the ideas of Daoism, Confucianism, and Legalism that together with other Chinese philosophies create an unique system of belief of different philosophies of the country (Cua 2003).
The origin of the Chinese horoscope is based on the special kind of planning of the potential actions in lives of different people that all together makes the image of a cycle that is represented by the number of twelve animals and their signs. The Chinese horoscope is used in a variety of Eastern countries, including Vietnam, Japan and Korea. In the horoscope, twelve zodiac signs adhere to the single sign each, which represents the animals that are pertaining to the particular culture. At the same time, these signs explain the peculiarities of the personality that is associated with a specific animal by the year of birth, thus, relating it to the life of different people. Consequently, these kind of cycle differentiates the animals by years as well as month of the year, which illustrates a different perception compared to the Western style (Lau 2005).
The perceptions of the Chinese astrology are grounded on the traditional knowledge in terms of the overall astronomy and the way the calendars are created. The advancement of the Chinese astrology adheres to the times of the Han Dynasty that addressed Chinese astrology from the point of view of the variety of philosophies of China. The core approaches of the Chinese astrology are revealed in the philosophy of harmony connected with earth, water and heaven. At the same time, Chinese astrology is based on the principles and approaches of yin and yang as well as twelve calendar divisions that adhere to both the sun and moon calendars and, thus, represent the whole year (Wu 2005).
The traditional concepts of the Chinese medicine adhere to the variety of medical practices that enroll the practical solutions in terms of the cultural dimensions of Chinese people. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) exists for over two hundred years now and covers the approaches of acupuncture, massage (Tui na), dietary therapy and herbal medicine. The principles of Chinese medicine are closely connected with yin and yang as well as the so-called five phases. Generally, traditional Chinese medicine combines the practice of anatomy, pathology, and science knowledge rooted in the skills of Chinese professional approach to medicine. However, not all the approaches of the traditional Chinese medicine are accepted in the world medicine. Besides, traditional Chinese medicine has a strong power over the body of the human along with its structure and functionality of individual organs as well as other activities that stop the process of aging. Still, the key concepts are hidden in the search for harmony through close interactions with nature (Sivin 2000).
Chinese martial arts are well-known and represented by kung fu or wushu that illustrate plenty of styles that could be used in fighting. These concepts have developed through long years of practice of martial arts masters of China. Such styles traditionally have categories, which represent the traits that address the human powers through the animal abilities. A strong level of professionalism could be achieved only by regular practice that comprise a lot of training for human body and soul. In addition, the Chinese martial arts adhere to the Chinese philosophy as well as different training styles that are aimed at teaching people to concentrate and thus easily manipulate the body and its core functions (Wong 2002).
The understanding of Chinese paining adheres to the six basic principles that are important to reveal the depth of the piece of art as well as its meaning in the context of Chinese art history. These six elements represent the art of paining (Rawson, 2007):
The Chinese literature numbers many thousand years, including the young and mature novelists. The core of the development of the Chinese literature addresses the times of the Ming Dynasty that was aimed at denoting the knowledge of the events that took place in other Dynasties such as Tang, Song, etc (Cui & Cai 2012).
Chinese music is all about the events of the past Chinese happenings that are covered in the Chinese literature and cultural history of the country. The contemporary concept of Chinese music is deeply rooted in the Chinese heritage in relation to the nation worldwide. Generally, Chinese music represents the sounds of nature that are combined with the national instruments of China (Shen 2001).
Chinese opera is famous for its drama and audio representation. One of the most popular Chinese opera representations is the national branch of the Beijing opera that is highly valued by the local people as well as respected by the other nationalities that live in the country (Jo 1997).
To conclude, the world of China is immeasurable in a variety of terms. The findings claim the discoveries on every step of the research. The idea of Chinese art is to duplicate the divine beauty and at the same time its wisdom and power but that is possible only for the native Chinese people (Fang 1980).
The traditions of the Chinese culture are so diversified and meaningful that there is no room to dissolve anything, especially Chinese philosophy that people can only admire. Further discussion could be continued over and over again as this is impossible to address all the aspects of the Chinese arts in detail (Chan 1973).
The same goes for the possible prospect or development of the Chinese arts. The truth is that the only way to deeply understand the nature of Chinese traditions is to live in China for the rest of life and yet this would be only the beginning of the explorations in the world of China (International Congress in Chinese Philosophy 1995).