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Qi (氣 qi) is the origin of all life. In traditional Chinese culture, qì or ch'i (also known as ki in Japanese culture) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi literally translates as "breath", "air", or "gas", and figuratively as "material energy", "life force", or "energy flow". Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts.
Concepts similar to qi can be found in many cultures, for example, prana in the Hindu religion, "chi" in the Igbo religion, Pneuma (Stoic)|pneuma in ancient Greece, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, ruah in Hebrew culture, and vital energy in Western philosophy. Some elements of qi can be understood in the term energy when used by writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine. Elements of the qi concept can also be found in Western popular culture, for example "The Force" in Star Wars. Notions in the West of energeia, élan vital, or "vitalism" are purported to be similar.
Qi in the seriesEdit
In the manhua Sheng Wang, Qi the source of all life, the origin of it to be more specific. The continent of Feng Rao, almost every person walking its' land possesses Qi and are capable of manipulating it through their Qi Gong, which grants them amazing powers that they can use as they wish.
Qi Gong is the origin of all cultivation. It is a critical aspect in fights and such in the continent of Feng Rao. There are several stages which one can advance into in Qi Gong, each with a special attribute or aspect of their own.
- Main article: First Stage
- Main article: Second Stage
- Main article: Third Stage
- Main article: Fourth Stage
Fourth Stage (Refining Qi) is a medial stage on which one would have great powers, easily surpassing average humans in almost every aspect.
- Main article: Fifth Stage
Fifth Stage (Violent Qi) is a high stage of Qi Gong which further extends one's powers. It unlocks a variety of techniques (mostly offensive ones) which could be further trained to perfect and master.
- Main article: Sixth Stage
Sixth Stage, is a high stage of Qi Gong which once obtained and mastered, one's power would be 10 times greater than a fifth stage. One would possess power so great, it would require 10 Fifth stage users to fight equally with one.
- Main article: Seventh Stage
- Main article: Eighth Stage
When normally, it is expected for those of the same stage to be equal in power, it is not true. As a Fifth stage could easily defeat another Fifth stage and same case for an Eight stage. This is due to the difference of mastery level between each individual. However, Yang Qi would be an exception to this rule, for he had only reached the Fifth Stage a day before defeating a Fifth Stage who acquired it years prior. Yang Qi was also powerful enough in Fifth Stage, to stand foot against a master of the Sixth stage and actually landed a few hits.
- The concept of Qi and Qi Gong is very close to the concept of Chakra from the metaseries Naruto.
- ↑ Deng, Y (2003). "Ration of Qi with Modern Essential on Traditional Chinese Medicine Qi: Qi Set, Qi Element". Journal of Mathematical Medicine (in Chinese) 16 (4): 346–347.
- ↑ Sheng Wang Manhua — Chapter 5 , (p. 6 - 8) , Yang Zhan talks about the Sixth stage.
- ↑ Sheng Wang Manhua — Chapter 5 , (p. 2 - 3) , Yang Qi defeats Yang Feng.
- ↑ Sheng Wang Manhua — Chapter 4 , (p. 6 - 10) , Yang Zhan defeats Yang Shi.
- ↑ Sheng Wang Manhua — Chapter 5 , (p. 7 - 20) , Yang Qi fights Yang Kui.