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ba gua

Pronunciation: /bɑː ˈɡwɑː/
(also pa kua)


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The 8 trigrams are created from the interaction of Yin and Yang, hence the ba gua.
1.1(In feng shui) the ba gua motif regarded as a pattern determining the significance and auspicious qualities of spatial relationships.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.2 [mass noun] A Chinese martial art in which movements are focused on a circle and the defence of eight points around it.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.


From Chinese 'eight' + guà 'divinatory symbols'.

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