Definition of ba gua in English:

ba gua

(also pa kua)

noun

  • 1A Chinese religious motif incorporating the eight trigrams of the I Ching, arranged octagonally around a symbol denoting the balance of yin and yang, or around a mirror.

    • ‘Though the four-syllable line is common in t'ai chi mnemonics as well, the pattern is not nearly as regular as in the pa kua verses.’
    • ‘The 8 trigrams are created from the interaction of Yin and Yang, hence the ba gua.’
    • ‘The Ba-Gua, a Chinese term that translates to the “eight areas” came from ancient China, along with Taoism, and is associated with the theory of Yin and Yang.’
    • ‘Bagua Zhang derives its name from Ba Gua, the mystical symbol of the eight states of transformation upon which the Chinese book of divination, the I-Ching is based.’
    1. 1.1(in feng shui) the ba gua motif regarded as a pattern determining the significance and auspicious qualities of spatial relationships.
      • ‘Ba-Gua is one of the main tools used to analyze the feng shui of any given space.’
      • ‘The Ba Gua Ocotagon is used in feng shui to help determine preferred locations for certain functions in the home or office.’
      • ‘Try looking into Feng Shui for uses of the pa kua (sp).’
      • ‘The Ba Gua mirror is among the most well-known and commonly used of all the Feng Shui protection spells, remedies, or magical cures for improper placements.’
      • ‘Come see these beautiful, 3 tiered, water fountain which are shaped after the eight-side mandala known in Feng Shui as the Ba-Gua.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun]A Chinese martial art in which movements are focused on a circle and the defence of eight points around it.
      • ‘On the wooden dummy she went through forms for wing chun, jeet kune do, choy li fut, pa kua, shifting smoothly and tirelessly through the odd-angled protruding limbs, and when she was done the structure stood without damage.’
      • ‘Other arts he has studied include Hopkido, aikido, shudokan karate, boxing, wrestling, tai chi chaun and pa kua chaun.’
      • ‘Sifu Duncan's account not only contrasts the two styles but notably emphasizes the martial aspects of pa kua, as well as, tellingly, referring to the ‘concealment’ of its fighting applications.’
      • ‘While pa kua focuses on circles, its sister art, hsing yi focuses on lines and linear attacks.’
      • ‘That article linked to above is about the martial art, ba gua, based on the Eight Changes philosophy.’

Origin

From Chinese bā eight + guà divinatory symbols.

Pronunciation:

ba gua

/bɑː ˈɡwɑː/