The Feeling from Mountain and Water is a very touching and lovely film about the impoverished aged scholar and a little girl who takes care of him temporarily for zither lessons. The video does not have any dialogues therefore allowing it to be viewed via different cultures. However, the only sounds in the movie are the noises of the wind or any other earthly elements. Artistically, the video utilizes the Shan shui painting technique which is the landscape portray in motion (Season n.p). Besides, the video contains photos of flowing water and landscapes while the music is performed on the qin which is the traditional zither-like instrument. The melodies are superbly rendered and easy while the animation fits perfectly illustrating scenes from nature. The movements of the animals, fish, birds, rivers, and waters illustrate the complete grace that has a calming effect on the senses (Season n.p) .
Through the watercolor paintings, the characters move and interact in the gorgeous scene in a manner that is delight to the eyes. The girl rows the elderly man who is weak across the river, but he collapses to the ground immediately after they have crossed. However, the man is nursed back to wellbeing, and he teaches the girl how to play zither while recovering (Season n.p). The girl becomes very proficient, and when the old man leaves, he offers the little kid the instrument as the gift. There is no exchange of words between the girl and qin master. The silence announces the encounter of the girl and the zither master which represents the shared resemblance of deep fondness.
Question 3: Confucius and Taoism
According to Tejada, the three teachings of Confucianism and Taoism in China are the foundation of the culture that we see. The major way of remembering the differences between the two philosophies is that Confucianism is primarily oriented to political thoughts and social accord while Taoism is concerned with the fitness of human body (Tejada n.p). Confucianism is not a real religion but a philosophical and ethical system which was used as the type of belief to educate people. The principles and traditions of Confucianism played a significant role in the establishment of patterns of teaching and thinking (Stunkel 123). However, Taoism has manipulated the local culture deeply particularly on the traditional literature and medicine. Based on the Taoism concepts, the whole world together with everything in it flows with the mysterious and unknowable force regarded as Tao hence everyone should listen to get enlightened (Mryer777 n.p). Also, Taoism is centered on the assumption that life is joyful but must be lived with virtue and balance.
I do favor Taoism because of its contributions to the Chinese science. The interest in science is regarded as the reflection of the Taoism emphasis on direct experience and observation of nature as opposed to the Confucian approach of depending on the power of tradition (Stunkel 49). Besides, Taoism had a great impact on the visual arts because various ancient Chinese books claim have been motivated by the images in the walls of the local temples. The Daoist literature illustrates the variety and richness that scholars tend to find the symbolic way of expression hence promoting imagery in China (Stunkel 63).
Mryer777. Taoism – Part 1. China: N.p., 2007. Film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lynaDSQ0V0Y
Season CM. Feeling from Mountain and Water[Part1]. China: N.p., 2008. Film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctkvO1oJW0A
Stunkel, Kenneth R. Ideas and Art in Asian Civilizations: India, China, and Japan. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2012. Print.
Tejada, Eduardo. Buddhism Taoism and Confucianism in China. China: N.p., 2011. Film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gZY4i4Kg3s