The Mandate of Heaven: Hidden History in the Book of Changes

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Routledge, Dec 14, 2015 - Social Science - 252 pages
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The Mandate of Heaven was originally given to King Wen in the 11th century BC. King Wen is credited with founding the Zhou dynasty after he received the Mandate from Heaven to attack and overthrow the Shang dynasty. King Wen is also credited with creating the ancient oracle known as the Yijing or Book of Changes. This book validates King Wen's association with the Changes. It uncovers in the Changes a record of a total solar eclipse that was witnessed at King Wen's capital of Feng by his son King Wu, shortly after King Wen had died (before he had a chance to launch the full invasion). The sense of this eclipse as an actual event has been overlooked for three millennia. It provides an account of the events surrounding the conquest of the Shang and founding of the Zhou dynasty that has never been told. It shows how the earliest layer of the Book of Changes (the Zhouyi) has preserved a hidden history of the Conquest.
 

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Contents

Preface
Notes
A brief note on ancient sources
Acknowledgements
Illustrations
The Mandate of Heaven
The framework of the argument
The title of the oracle
The mingyi bird
Melons willows hoarfrost and creepers
King Wen is fed his own
The curse of the ancestors
Clouds follow the dragon
No skin on his thighs
Appendices I The sinological maze of WilhelmBaynes
Genealogical matters

Imprisoned for a sigh
An overlooked solar eclipse record
Darkness at noon June 20 1070BC
The army carries the corpse
Battling in the Wilds
A few concluding remarks
Further mysteries of the Changes
Chinese text of hexagram 55
The sexagenary cycle
Simplified dynastic chronology
Bibliography
Select glossary of Chinese characters
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