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Rediscovering the I Ching Gregory Wincup

Rediscovering the I Ching

Gregory Wincup

Published October 7th 1986
ISBN : 9780385196673
Hardcover
237 pages
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The Chinese I Ching or Book of Changes is one of the oldest books in existence, written almost three thousand years ago during Chinas Bronze Age. Its traditional interpretation, however, was not laid down until several centuries later. By then, notMoreThe Chinese I Ching or Book of Changes is one of the oldest books in existence, written almost three thousand years ago during Chinas Bronze Age. Its traditional interpretation, however, was not laid down until several centuries later. By then, not only had the I Chings archaic language and style become difficult to understand, but Chinese theorists had also grown much more sophisticated. As a result, the great commentators interpreted the text in terms of their own ways of thought, transforming it from a simple divination handbook into the philosophical work of moral and metaphysical truths that we know today. Now, after years of study and research, Greg Whincup has uncovered the original Book of Changes and here presents the first contemporary translation to incorporate the findings of modern scholarship in China and the West.Fascinatingly, what Whincup has found in exploring the Changes sixty-four hexagrams is not an abtruse meditation, but a very pragmatic work. It tells the story of the rise to power of a feudal lord and is an instructional manual to guide ambitious noblemen in dealing with concrete situations in their lives. Thus, we discover that the I Ching is less abtruse and much more straightforward than we have ever understood it to be.In addition to his line-by-line analysis of the hexagrams, Whincup also provides a brief history of early China and the Book of Changes itself, special sections on ancient Chinese divination and on Chinese pronunciation, and an extensive bibliography. An important and invaluable volume, Rediscovering the I Ching at last clears away the traditional misinterpretations and renders this ancient Chinese oracle more accessible to every modern reader. [From the book jacket]