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The power to predict : Chinese astronomy and the mandate of heaven

Author: Carlton International Media.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Films on Demand.
Publisher: New York, NY : Films Media Group, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
Database:WorldCat
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In this program, Dr. Sun Xiaochun and others consider the roles of astronomy and astrology in China as they relate to the Mandate of Heaven: the belief that the power to rule derived from the power to predict the future. Records of ancient sky-watching, divination via oracle bones, revolutionary advances in timekeeping, and the remarkably accurate Chinese calendar are evaluated, as well as the sociopolitical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Educational films
History
Internet videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Carlton International Media.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Films on Demand.
OCLC Number: 798642673
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Films on Demand digital educational video.
Item Number: 32959.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Description: 1 streaming video file (58 min.) : sound, color, digital file
Contents: The cleverest deception --
China's consumerism --
Telescope to the heavens --
Centuries ahead --
Celestial mandate --
Horoscopes --
Oracle bones --
Guest star --
Court astronomers --
First clock --
Chen Kaige --
Sun dials --
Imperial China --
Polaris --
Imperial palace --
Book of changes --
Feng Shui/wind and water --
Lucky days --
Threatened mandate --
Jesuit Missionaries --
--
End of a system --
New generation --
Power to predict.
Other Titles: Chinese astronomy and the mandate of heaven
Responsibility: Carlton International Media.

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In this program, Dr. Sun Xiaochun and others consider the roles of astronomy and astrology in China as they relate to the Mandate of Heaven: the belief that the power to rule derived from the power to predict the future. Records of ancient sky-watching, divination via oracle bones, revolutionary advances in timekeeping, and the remarkably accurate Chinese calendar are evaluated, as well as the sociopolitical contributions of Confucianism, Taoism, and, later, Christianity. For 3,000 years -- until the fall of the last emperor, early in the 20th century -- the Mandate was the key to power.

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