Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts [NOOK Book]

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In recent years, three ancient manuscripts relating to the Yi jing ( I Ching), or Classic of Changes, have been dixcovered. The earliest -- the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi -- dates to about 300 B.C.E. and shows evidence of the text's original circulation. The Gui cang, or Returning to Be Treasured, reflects another ancient Chinese divination tradition based on hexagrams similar to those of the Yi jing. In 1993, two manuscripts found in a third-century B.C.E. tomb at Wangjiatai contained almost exact parallels to the ...

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Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts

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Overview

In recent years, three ancient manuscripts relating to the Yi jing ( I Ching), or Classic of Changes, have been dixcovered. The earliest -- the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi -- dates to about 300 B.C.E. and shows evidence of the text's original circulation. The Gui cang, or Returning to Be Treasured, reflects another ancient Chinese divination tradition based on hexagrams similar to those of the Yi jing. In 1993, two manuscripts found in a third-century B.C.E. tomb at Wangjiatai contained almost exact parallels to the Gui cang's early quotations, supplying new information on the performance of early Chinese divination. Finally, the Fuyang Zhou Yi was excavated from the tomb of Xia Hou Zao, lord of Ruyin, who died in 165 B.C.E. Each line of this classic is followed by one or more generic prognostications similar to phrases found in the Yi jing, indicating exciting new ways in which the text was produced and used in the interpretation of divinations.

This book details the discovery and significance of the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi, the Wangjiatai Gui cang, and the Fuyang Zhou Yi, including full translations of the texts and additional evidence that constructs a new narrative of the Yi jing's writing and transmission in the first millennium B.C.E.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Loewe
As a master of the ' Changes,' one of China's most influential and yet most perplexing texts, Shaughnessy presents specialist scholars and students with an admirably clear account of the difficulties of interpretation and a comprehensive review of recently found manuscript copies of the book. His deeply researched text breaks new ground for the study of Chinese manuscripts and China's methods of divination, with penetrating contributions to the scholarly handling of fragments, the recovery of lost literature, and the problems of textual criticism.
Vincent Goossaert

Idema is the master translator of Chinese popular and religious culture. Here he offers the first English-language translations of enchanting texts, both famous and rare, around one classic story: Zhuangzi's encounter with a skull. The anthology both speaks to universal concerns, and to Chinese literature's unique way of blending religion, philosophy, poetry, and farce.

Donald Harper
In his skillful presentation of three groups of bamboo-strip manuscripts discovered in China since the 1970s, Shaughnessy gives new meaning and pleasure to reading one of the two oldest works of Chinese literature, the Classic of Changes. These manuscripts bring to life the significance of divination in early Chinese culture, while remaking our understanding of the ' Changes.'
Richard J. Smith
A truly wonderful book, masterfully conceived and extremely well crafted. Edward L. Shaughnessy demonstrates once again why he is, among all Western scholars, the premier translator and interpreter of the early history of what became the Classic of Changes — arguably the most important single work in all of premodern Chinese history.
Kidder Smith
Shaughnessy has written the definitive account of these materials. Nothing like it exists, in any language. Closely argued, and drawing on an impeccable control of the literature, this study re-forms our understanding of how and what the Yijing might have been.
CHOICE
Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231533300
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 24 MB
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Meet the Author

Edward L. Shaughnessy is the Creel Distinguished Service Professor of Early China at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Rewriting Early Chinese Texts and Before Confucius: Studies in the Creation of the Chinese Classics; tr

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsList of TablesPrefaceAcknowledgments1. Divining the Past, Divining the Future: Archaeology and the Rediscovery of the Changes2. The Context, Content, and Significance of the Shanghai Museum Manuscript of the Zhou Yi3. Translation of the Shanghai Museum Manuscript of the Zhou Yi4. The Wangjiatai Bamboo-Strip Manuscripts of the Gui cang 5. Translation of the Gui cang Fragments6. The Fuyang Zhou Yi Manuscript7. Translation of the Fuyang Zhou Yi ManuscriptConclusions and ConjecturesNotesWorks CitedIndex

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