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The I Ching : a biography

Author: Richard J Smith
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
Series: Lives of great religious books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Relates the history of China's ancient divination manual, discussing its structure, worldwide appeal to different cultures, and influence on philosophy, medicine, art, and politics.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard J Smith
ISBN: 9780691145099 0691145091
OCLC Number: 758646815
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2012
Description: xxii, 278 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Part One. The domestic evolution of the Yijing --
Genesis of the Changes --
The making of a classic --
Interpreting the Changes --
Part Two. The transnational travels of the Yijing --
The Changes in East Asia --
The westward travels of the Changes --
Concluding remarks.
Series Title: Lives of great religious books.
Responsibility: Richard J. Smith.


The "I Ching" originated in China as a divination manual more than three thousand years ago. In 136 BCE the emperor declared it a Confucian classic. This title tells the extraordinary story of how  Read more...


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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012 "Smith's book succeeds admirably in making the history and importance of this esoteric and enigmatic classic accessible and understandable to a Read more...

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