The Book of Changes (Zhouyi): A Bronze Age Document

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 497 pages
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Zhouyi is a manual of oracles compiled in an archaic script during the Chinese Bronze Age (c2500BC-c300BC). As the language developed and the script was reformed, the original meaning of the oracles gave way to a new interpretation resulting in a book of wisdom. By the second century AD eight explanatory tractates, confusingly known as the 'Ten Wings', had been added to them. Thus, Zhouyi and the Ten Wings together came to be known as Yijing (or I Ching) - The Book of Changes. During the twentieth century historians and philologists, aided by advances in archaeology and linguistics, have striven to recover the original meaning of Zhouyi. Richard Rutt has drawn upon this work to make a new translation that conveys the modern understanding of the ancient oracles, showing how their rhymes and primitive omens deal with Bronze Age politics and warfare.
  

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User Review  - CraigLeger - LibraryThing

One of my favorite books on the history and cultural background of the Zhou Yi (and later Yi Jing). I agree with this comment from Religious Studies Review that is quoted on the back cover: 'For once ... Read full review

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Contents

Bronze Age China
5
The history of a book
26
The fascination of Zhouyi
44
European translations
60
The contents of Zhouyi
83
Divination
145
ZHOUYI
205
TRANSLATION NOTES
288
Xiaoxiang
388
Dazhuan
404
Wenyan
433
Shuogua
439
Xugua
449
Zagua
453
References and further reading
457
GLOSSARY of Chinese characters
477

PART III
361
The Ten Wings Introduction
363
Tuanzhuan
367
Daxiang
383
Proper names
479
Other locutions
483
Index
489
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