Astrology and Cosmology in Early China by David W. Pankenier

By David W. Pankenier

the traditional chinese language have been profoundly encouraged by way of the solar, Moon and stars, making power 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, fantasy, expertise, and political and armed forces decision-making. As somewhere else within the old global, there has been no confident contrast among astronomy and astrology in historical China, and so astrology, or extra accurately, astral omenology, is a crucial concentration of the e-book. Drawing on a wide diversity of assets, together with archaeological discoveries, classical texts, inscriptions and paleography, this thought-provoking e-book files the position of astronomical phenomena within the improvement of the 'Celestial Empire' from the overdue Neolithic in the course of the overdue imperial period.

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