Sunday, November 30, 2014

Teaching the I Ching (Book of Changes) 《易經》

Geoffrey Redmond and Tze-ki Hon


American Academy of Religion and Oxford University Press

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Chinese traditional culture cannot be understood without some familiarity with the I Ching, yet it is one of the most difficult of the worlds ancient classics. Assembled from fragments with many obscure allusions, it was the subject of ingenious, but often conflicting, interpretations over nearly three thousand years. Teaching the II Ching (Book of Changes) offers a comprehensive study at a time when interest in Asian philosophy and the culture of China is on the rise. Still widely read in China, it has become a countercultural classic in the West. 

Recent scholarship has radically altered our understanding of this foundational work. Geoffrey Redmond and Tze-Ki Hon present an up-to-date survey of recent studies including reconstruction of the early meanings, excavated manuscripts, the New Culture Movement, and the Cultural Revolution. To facilitate introducing the classic to students, the necessary background is provided for university teachers and students, even non-China specialists. The teaching approaches described will foreground the otherness of the classic, yet engage the interests of twenty-first-century students. Rather than dismissing the texts popular association with divination, they explain why this mode of human thought has persisted for millennia. Thus, Redmond and Hon mediate between the two extreme views of the classic: a source of timeless ancient wisdom on the one hand, and a historical curiosity on the other. 

Teaching the I Ching (Book of Changes) makes this important classic accessible to a broad readership, thus providing a crucial service for those interested in China, early civilization, and world religion. Now anyone with a serious interest can understand a text that continues to have a decisive influence on Chinese and world culture three thousand years after its original composition.

Table of Contents:
Chronology of Chinese Dynasties
Structure of the Yijing
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Studying an Ancient Classic
Chapter 1 Divination: Fortune-Telling and Philosophy
Chapter 2 Bronze Age Origins
Chapter 3 Women in the Book of Changes
Chapter 4 Excavated Manuscripts
Chapter 5 Ancient Meanings Reconstructed
Chapter 6 The Ten Wings
Chapter 7 Cosmology
Chapter 8 Moral Cultivation
Chapter 9 The Yijing in Modern China
Chapter 10 The Yijing's Journey to the West
Chapter 11 Reading the Book of Changes
Chapter 12 The Future of the Yijing 


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Early China 37 (2014) 《古代中國》第37期

Table of Contents:

Letter from the Editor..........SARAH ALLAN


Did Babylonian Astrology Influence Early Chinese  Astral Prognostication Xing zhan shu 星占書..........DAVID  W. PANKENIER

The Total Lunar  Eclipse on June 16, 2011: A Key to Dating  the Yin Lunar Eclipse in Yingcang 885/886..........LIU  XUESHUN

Marital  Alliances and Affinal Relatives  (sheng 甥 and hungou 婚購) in the Society and Politics of Zhou  China  in the Light of Bronze  Inscriptions.......... MARIA KHAYUTINA

Scribal Variation and  the Meaning of the Houma and  Wenxian Covenant Texts' Imprecation Ma yi fei shi 麻夷非是.......... CRISPIN  WILLIAMS

Texts, Performance, and  Spectacle:  The Funeral Procession of Marquis Yi of Zeng, 443 B.C.E........... LUKE  HABBERSTAD

Delinquent Fathers  and  Philology:  Lunyu 論語 13.18 and  Related  Texts.......... OLIVER WEINGARTEN

Promoting Action in Warring States Political  Philosophy: A First Look at the Chu Manuscript, Cao Mie's Battle Arrays.......... ERNEST CALDWELL

Xunzi's  Criticism of Zisi-New Perspectives.......... KUAN-YUN HUANG

New  Information on Qin Religious  Practice:  Evidence  from Liye and Zhoujiatai 周家台.......... CHARLES  SANFT

All Merged in One: The First Emperor's Tumulus.......... JIE SHI

Epiphanies of Sovereignty and  the Rite of Jade Disc Immersion in Weft Narratives.......... GRÉGOIRE  ESPESSET


Collaterality in Early Chinese Cosmology: An Argument for Confucian Harmony (he 和) as Creatio In Situ.......... ROGER  T. AMES

"Only the Human Way May Be Followed": Reading the Guodian Manuscripts against the Mozi.......... ANDREW MEYER

New Light on the Li ji 禮記: The Li ji and the Related Warring States Period Guodian Bamboo Manuscripts.......... XING WEN


Newly Excavated Texts in the Digital Age: Reflections  on New Resources.......... LEE-MOI PHAM AND KUAN-YUN  HUANG

Hail to the King: A Review of Two Books by David  N. Keightley.......... MAGNUS FISKESJÖ


Wai-yee Li. The Readability of the Past in Early Chinese Historiography.......... ERIC HENRY

The Shape of History: On Reading Li Wai-yee.......... KAI VOGELSANG


Elisabeth  Hsu.  Pulse Diagnosis in Early Chinese Medicine: The Telling Touch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010........... MIRANDA  BROWN

Dissertation Abstracts......... CLAIRE  V. BESKIN, Comp.

Annual Bibliography.......... XIUCAI  ZHENG,  Comp.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014




Publication Year:

三世紀、後漢末から三国魏代にかけての人、魏の明帝(曹叡、在位二二六~二三九)代の立法家でもあった劉邵の著わした『人物志』に関連して、京都府向日市の長岡京宮跡から一九七八年に「人物志三巻」と墨書された木製の籤牌が出土した。これにより、八世紀末の長岡京には巻子本の『人物志』が架蔵されていたものと推測される(本文二一七頁参照)。また九世紀末の藤原佐世撰『日本国見在書目録』の名家の項には「人物志三巻劉劭撰」と見える。これらは千年以上も前の日本における『人物志』の痕跡であるが、それが日本においてどう読まれたのかは不明である。手筆本の伝承はなく、降って長澤規矩也著『和刻本漢籍分類目録』(汲古書院 一九七六年一〇月)にもその書名を見ない。

「『人物志』訳註」は、旧稿を推敲のうえ、九分九厘はそのままを収録した。「『中論』訳註」は、本書に収録するに際し、旧「『中論』訳稿」を推敲したが、推敲に際しては、徐湘霖校注『中論校注』(巴蜀出版社 二○○○年七月)を参照しえた。


Table of Contents:

第一章 『中論』訳註  第二章 『人物志』訳註

第一章 中国古尸箚記  第二章 両晋交替期、乱世の人びと―顧栄と炙肉、郗鍳と塢主のことなど―  
第三章 西安考古訪問記 
第四章 西安を訪れた日本人
第五章 〈書評〉劉文海著/李正宇点校『西行見聞記』

一  私の好きなことば  
二  很糟漢語日記里的両、三天   
三  私のすすめる本
四  切ない食談義    
五  敗戦前後の一小学生      
六  歴研と私―事務局員斎藤政子さんのことなど―  
七  多田狷介訳『滄桑――中国共産党外伝――』刊行後の幾つかのこと

Monday, November 24, 2014

[Dissertation] Patterns of the Earth: Writing Geography in Early Medieval China

Author :
Felt, David Jonathan.

Publication Year:

Stanford University

This study explores the first flourishing of geographical writing in China during the early medieval period (ca. 200–600 CE).  It examines the reasons for the initial emergence of geographical writing, its development of new spatial conceptualizations, and the cultural work that it accomplished.  Since this once substantial body of texts has now been lost, I rely primarily upon the sole extant comprehensive geography from the period, the Shuijing zhu (Commentary on the Classic of Waterways), as well as fragmentary remnants of other texts and retrospective accounts from the seventh century, to piece together the evidence.  I also employ Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a spatial analysis of these texts.  From these sources, I trace out the developmental trajectory of this initial emergence of geographical writing as an independent literary genre during the early medieval period.  I show that the literary history of geographical writing as recounted by Tang literati does not match the available evidence.  Their self-affirming narrative exaggerated the Warring States and Han origins of geographical writing, prioritized texts that were state-centered and comprehensive in scope, and marginalized the contributions of texts from the chaotic, early medieval Age of Disunion.

On the contrary, I show that it was not until the third and fourth centuries that one sees a substantial number of writers self-consciously taking space as the primary structure of their narratives.  Yet it was not until the late fifth and early sixth-century movement to write massive comprehensive geographies that these various related but still disparate traditions coalesced into something that writers and readers recognized in their own time as a single genre of geographical writing.  Contrary to Tang accounts, geographical writing was thoroughly a product of China’s distinctive early medieval age.  Drastic transformations in the human geography of the Chinese ecumene during this period challenged Han conceptualizations of a court-centered, universalist imperial geography.  This geographical writing performed a cultural work specific for its historical setting.  It constructed a new conceptualization of the Chinese ecumene that was more inclusive of regional diversity, independent of current political unity (or the lack thereof), and polycentric in its political, cultural, and religious landscape.  As such, it was especially instrumental in reconceptualizing the Yangzi Basin from a former frontier into a secondary core region of the Chinese ecumene.

As the sole extant comprehensive geographical text from the period, I have employed the sixth-century Shuijing zhu by Li Daoyuan as the anchor of this study.  From the examination of the development of geographical writing, I am able to determine what was distinctive about this individual text, and what was characteristic of the genre more generally.  Its goal of comprehensiveness, its extensive use of local geographies, and its composite nature are all characteristic of other late fifth and early sixth-century comprehensive geographies.  What was distinctive from these contemporary texts was Li Daoyuan’s use of natural geographies, rather than administrative units, to structure his narrative.  From this environmental rather than political focus, the Shuijing zhu presents a distinctive worldview that centers the world at Kunlun and situates India as a western parallel to the eastern lands of China.  While unique among its contemporary comprehensive geographies, I show how Li Daoyuan carefully constructed this world model through synthesizing traditional Chinese sources with newly-introduced Buddhist accounts of the Western Regions.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

Paul Copp

Columbia University Press

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Whether chanted as devotional prayers, intoned against the dangers of the wilds, or invoked to heal the sick and bring ease to the dead, incantations were pervasive features of Buddhist practice in late medieval China (600--1000 C.E.). Material incantations, in forms such as spell-inscribed amulets and stone pillars, were also central to the spiritual lives of both monks and laypeople. In centering its analysis on the Chinese material culture of these deeply embodied forms of Buddhist ritual, The Body Incantatory reveals histories of practice -- and logics of practice -- that have until now remained hidden.

Paul Copp examines inscribed stones, urns, and other objects unearthed from anonymous tombs; spells carved into pillars near mountain temples; and manuscripts and prints from both tombs and the Dunhuang cache. Focusing on two major Buddhist spells, or dharani, and their embodiment of the incantatory logics of adornment and unction, he makes breakthrough claims about the significance of Buddhist incantation practice not only in medieval China but also in Central Asia and India. Copp's work vividly captures the diversity of Buddhist practice among medieval monks, ritual healers, and other individuals lost to history, offering a corrective to accounts that have overemphasized elite, canonical materials.

Table of Contents:
List of IllustrationsPreface: The Body IncantatoryThanksAbbreviations
Introduction: Dharanis and the Study of Buddhist Spells
1. Scripture, Relic, Talisman, Spell
2. Amulets of the Incantation of Wish Fulfillment
3. Dust, Shadow, and the Incantation of Glory
4. Mystic Store and Wizard's Basket
Coda: Material Incantations and the Study of Medieval Chinese Buddhism
1. Suiqiu Amulets Discovered in ChinaAppendix
2. Stein no. 4690: Four SpellsNotesGlossarySourcesIndex

Sunday, November 16, 2014




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Table of Contents:

部分タイトル 雲夢睡虎地・荊州張家山調査報告記 / 飯尾秀幸 著
部分タイトル 中国古代土地所有問題に寄せて / 飯尾秀幸 著
部分タイトル 秦漢時代の戸籍について / 池田雄一 著
部分タイトル 「五任」と「無任」 / 石黒ひさ子 著
部分タイトル 収の原理と淵源 / 石原遼平 著
部分タイトル 秦漢出土法律文書にみる「田」・「宅」に関する諸問題
                        / 太田幸男 著
部分タイトル 国家による労働力編成と在地社会 / 小嶋茂稔 著
部分タイトル 漢代婚姻形態に関する一考察 / 佐々木満実 著
部分タイトル 二年律令にみる民の生活形態について / 椎名一雄 著
部分タイトル 「家罪」および「公室告」「非公室告」に関する一考察
                         / 多田麻希子 著
部分タイトル 秦・前漢初期における国家と亡人 / 福島大我 著
部分タイトル 『秦律』・『漢律』 (二年律令) に見える「三環」・
                         「免老」について /藤田忠 著
部分タイトル 列侯と関内侯 / 邉見統 著
部分タイトル 呂氏政権における領域統治 / 山元貴尚 著

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China 早期與早期中古中國的食物與環境

E. N. Anderson

University of Pennsylvania Press

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Chinese food is one of the most recognizable and widely consumed cuisines in the world. Almost no town on earth is without a Chinese restaurant of some kind, and Chinese canned, frozen, and preserved foods are available in shops from Nairobi to Quito. But the particulars of Chinese cuisine vary widely from place to place as its major ingredients and techniques have been adapted to local agriculture and taste profiles. To trace the roots of Chinese foodways, one must look back to traditional food systems before the early days of globalization.

Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China provides an account of the development of the food systems that coincided with China's emergence as an empire. Before extensive trade and cultural exchange with Europe was established, Chinese farmers and agriculturalists developed systems that used resources in sustainable and efficient ways, permitting intensive and productive techniques to survive over millennia. Fields, gardens, semiwild lands, managed forests, and specialized agricultural landscapes all became part of an integrated network that produced maximum nutrients with minimal input—though not without some environmental cost. E. N. Anderson examines premodern China's vast, active network of trade and contact, such as the routes from Central Asia to Eurasia and the slow introduction of Western foods and medicines under the Mongol Empire. Bringing together a number of new findings from archaeology, history, and field studies of environmental management, Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China provides an updated picture of language relationships, cultural innovations, and intercultural exchanges.

Table of Contents:

Prehistoric origins across Eurasia
China's early agriculture
The origins of Chinese civilization
The development of China's sustainability during Zhou and Han
Dynastic consolidation under Han
Foods from the west: medieval China
The Mongols and the Yuan dynasty
Shifting grounds in Ming
Overview: Imperial China managing landscapes

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Xunzi: The Complete Text 《荀子》全譯本

Eric Hutton


Princeton University Press

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This is the first complete, one-volume English translation of the ancient Chinese text Xunzi, one of the most extensive, sophisticated, and elegant works in the tradition of Confucian thought. Through essays, poetry, dialogues, and anecdotes, the Xunzi articulates a Confucian perspective on ethics, politics, warfare, language, psychology, human nature, ritual, and music, among other topics. Aimed at general readers and students of Chinese thought, Eric Hutton's translation makes the full text of this important work more accessible in English than ever before.

Named for its purported author, the Xunzi (literally, "Master Xun") has long been neglected compared to works such as the Analects of Confucius and the Mencius. Yet interest in the Xunzi has grown in recent decades, and the text presents a much more systematic vision of the Confucian ideal than the fragmented sayings of Confucius and Mencius. In one famous, explicit contrast to them, the Xunzi argues that human nature is bad. However, it also allows that people can become good through rituals and institutions established by earlier sages. Indeed, the main purpose of the Xunzi is to urge people to become as good as possible, both for their own sakes and for the sake of peace and order in the world.

In this edition, key terms are consistently translated to aid understanding and line numbers are provided for easy reference. Other features include a concise introduction, a timeline of early Chinese history, a list of important names and terms, cross-references, brief explanatory notes, a bibliography, and an index.


Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
A Traditional Timeline of Early Chinese History xxxi
Chapter 1: An Exhortation to Learning 1
Chapter 2: Cultivating Oneself 9
Chapter 3: Nothing Improper 16
Chapter 4: On Honor and Disgrace 23
Chapter 5: Against Physiognomy 32
Chapter 6: Against the Twelve Masters 40
Chapter 7: On Confucius 47
Chapter 8: The Achievements of the Ru 52
Chapter 9: The Rule of a True King 68
Chapter 10: Enriching the State 83
Chapter 11: The True King and the Hegemon 99
Chapter 12: The Way to Be a Lord 117
Chapter 13: The Way to Be a Minister 133
Chapter 14: On Attracting Men of Worth 141
Chapter 15: A Debate on Military Affairs 145
Chapter 16: The Strong State 163
Chapter 17: Discourse on Heaven 175
Chapter 18: Correct Judgments 183
Chapter 19: Discourse on Ritual 201
Chapter 20: Discourse on Music 218
Chapter 21: Undoing Fixation 224
Chapter 22: Correct Naming 236
Chapter 23: Human Nature Is Bad 248
Chapter 24: The Gentleman 258
Chapter 25: Working Songs 262
Chapter 26: Fu 277
Chapter 27: The Grand Digest 288
Chapter 28: The Right-Hand Vessel 318
Chapter 29: The Way to Be a Son 325
Chapter 30: The Proper Model and Proper Conduct 330
Chapter 31: Duke Ai 333
Chapter 32: Yao Asked 339
Appendix 1: Important Terms and Names 344
Appendix 2: Cross-Reference List 347
Textual Notes 359
Bibliography 385
Index 387

Monday, November 3, 2014

Public Memory in Early China 早期中國的公眾記憶

Kenneth E. Brashier

Harvard University Press

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In early imperial China, the dead were remembered by stereotyping them, by relating them to the existing public memory and not by vaunting what made each person individually distinct and extraordinary in his or her lifetime. Their posthumous names were chosen from a limited predetermined pool; their descriptors were derived from set phrases in the classical tradition; and their identities were explicitly categorized as being like this cultural hero or that sage official in antiquity. In other words, postmortem remembrance was a process of pouring new ancestors into prefabricated molds or stamping them with rigid cookie cutters. Public Memory in Early China is an examination of this pouring and stamping process. After surveying ways in which learning in the early imperial period relied upon memorization and recitation, K. E. Brashier treats three definitive parameters of identity—name, age, and kinship—as ways of negotiating a person’s relative position within the collective consciousness. He then examines both the tangible and intangible media responsible for keeping that defined identity welded into the infrastructure of Han public memory.

Table of Contents:

List of Tables and Figures*

Introduction: Han memorial culture
1. “Repeated Inking” and the backdrop of a manuscript culture
2. “Continuous Chanting” and the backdrop of an oral culture
3. Inking and Chanting share their secret of longevity

I. Names as positioning the self
4. The ancestor’s given names as locative markers
5. The ancestor’s surname as a spatial marker
6. Following the named lineage back through time

II. Age as positioning the self
7. The age of childhood
8. The age of adulthood
9. The age of advanced years
10. The age of afterlife

III. Kinship as positioning the self
12. Weakening personal agency
13. Strengthening interpersonal bonds
14. A dynamic relationship net

IV. The tangible tools of positioning the self
15. Calling cards and the trafficking of names
16. The ancestral shrine and its tools of remembrance
17. The cemetary and its tools of remembrance
18. Commemorative portraiture as a tool of remembrance

V. The intangible tools of positioning the self
19. Reduction
20. Conversion
21. Association

Conclusion: “Here is where the Earl of Shao rested”


* Tables and Figures
  • Tables
    • 1. A sample of male and female personal names from the Zoumalou records
    • 2. The bounties of seniority, by age and administrative grade
    • 3. The decreasing frequency of sacrifices
  • Figures
    • 1. The stele of Jing Yun, magistrate of Quren, erected 173 CE, from Yunyang County, Sichuan
    • 2. Eastern Han relief of students bearing books, from Ducheng, Shandong
    • 3. Eastern Han inscription urging descendants of a thrice venerable to continue observing his name taboo, from Zhejiang Province
    • 4. Jörg Breu’s “Steps of life”
    • 5. A woman’s version of “The different stages of life”
    • 6. Simple summary of the lifeline, as envisioned in the postmedieval West
    • 7. The stele of Xianyu Huang, erected 165 CE, from Tianjin Municipal Region
    • 8. Simple summary of the life line, as envisioned in early imperial China
    • 9. The First Emperor of Qin fails to dredge up the royal tripods, in a late Eastern Han stone relief from Tengzhou, Shandong
    • 10. An Eastern Han cemetary at Yanshi, Henan
    • 11. The Kong Zhou stele, erected 164 CE, from Qufu, Shandong
    • 12. A common mid-Han labeling tag, dated 12 BCE, from Eji-na, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
    • 13. The birchleaf pear beside an homage-receiving lord, from an Eastern Han tomb at Jiaxiang, Shandong