--- In tokipona@y..., "yerricde" <oohay@p...> wrote:
> I vote for keeping Toki Pona at five vowels. Three vowels
> would work in another conlang. You can try to fork TP if you
> have an idea, but don't expect it to surpass TP in popularity:
> look at Ido compared to Esperanto.
The 5 vowels can symbolize the 5 elements in Taoism: earth, metal,
fire, wood and water. There are the symbolic five mountains, five
elements, five colours, five planets, five virtues, five emotions,
five directions, etc. all of which have a mystic significance in
However, 3 vowels can symbolize the Divine Order of Heaven, Earth,
and Humanity in Taoism.