In almost every culture, from greek mythology to Japanese ancient philosophies, the elements have been mythologized and anthropomorphized in order to make sense of the world. The wind is considered a spiritual power manifest on earth from the four cardinal directions  — north, east, south, and west. Each direction is assigned a specific color, which vary from culture to culture. Ceremonies were held to honor the wind gods.

In Japan, Hado, a concept that has existed in Japan for centuries, means "wave" and "move" - words that describe the energy vibrations that permeate all life. Hado resides in the air, and in all animate life and inanimate things.