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Taiyi Shengshui (Chinese: 太一生水; Pinyin: Tàiyī Shēngshuǐ; literally "The Great One Gave Birth to Water") was written about 300 BC during the Warring States period.
The Great One Birthed Water.
Water returned and assisted "Taiyi",
in this way developing heaven [and Earth?].
Heaven and earth [repeatedly mutually assisted?] too,
in this way developing the "Bright Gods".
The "Bright Gods" repeatedly mutually assisted too,
in this way developing Yin and Yang [Darkness and light].
Commentators describe Taiyi as a representation of Heaven (James Legge), an impersonal "Watery Chaos" (Kong Yingda). At least one scholar (Medhurst) interprets this as the "Supreme One", possibly Shangdi.
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