Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Five Souls in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Photo taken in a temple around Shanghai
summer 2018
As I was researching traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), I stumbled across the idea of a person having five souls. I think that's pretty interesting, in and of itself. But for world building, fantasy writing, and magic-system-making, it's pure gold.

Here are a few articles that touch on the idea:

Here’s one from The European Journal of Oriental Medicine:

From East Earth Medicine Wisdom :

There’s a discussion of just hun and po on Wikipedia:

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