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The trail of time : time measurement with incense in East Asia : Shih-chien ti tsu-chi

Author: Silvio A Bedini
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A scholarly study of a previously neglected aspect of Oriental culture. Compiled from Chinese and Japanese historical records, some of which are translated and published here for the first time, this  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Silvio A Bedini
ISBN: 0521374820 9780521374828
OCLC Number: 716173736
Description: XXIII, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Conventions; Part I. Time Measurement and Incense in East Asia: 1. Early East Asian time measurement; 2. Incense and the populace; 3. Incense in religious rites; 4. Incense for time measurement; Part II. The Incense Seal in China: 5. The incense seal of Avalokitesvara; 6. In Chinese Buddhist rites; 7. In Chinese civil life; 8. In Chinese social life; 9. In Chinese and foreign writings; Part III. The Incense Seal in Japan: 10. Japanese kobandokei; 11. In Japanese Buddhist rites; 12. In Japanese civil life; 13. The fire in the smoke; Appendices; Bibliography; Illustrations; Index.
Responsibility: Silvio A. Bedini.

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'This handsome volume, the result of a lifetime's study by a noted scholar, will be treasured not only by horologists and other historians of science but also by lovers of East Asian art and poetry.' Read more...

 
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