Astrology and Cosmology in Early China by David W. Pankenier

By David W. Pankenier

the traditional chinese language have been profoundly inspired by means of the sunlight, Moon and stars, making chronic efforts to reflect astral phenomena in shaping their civilization. during this pioneering textual content, David W. Pankenier introduces readers to a heavily understudied box, illustrating how astronomy formed the tradition of China from the very starting and the way it inspired parts as disparate as artwork, structure, calendrical technological know-how, fable, expertise, and political and army decision-making. As somewhere else within the historic international, there has been no confident contrast among astronomy and astrology in old China, and so astrology, or extra accurately, astral omenology, is a relevant concentration of the publication. Drawing on a wide diversity of resources, together with archaeological discoveries, classical texts, inscriptions and paleography, this thought-provoking e-book records the position of astronomical phenomena within the improvement of the 'Celestial Empire' from the past due Neolithic in the course of the past due imperial period.

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