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The Mandate of Heaven
Author: S.J. Marshall

ISBN: 9780231122993
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 17 August 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 12.9 x 2.0
Description:


The mysteries of the ancient Chinese text known as the "I Ching" continue to fascinate scholars and enthusiasts alike. While sinologists rely on historical criticism to explain the meaning of the work, those who use it for divination tend to accept without question the traditional account of its origin and purpose. Whereas modern scholars are generally dismissive of the book's reputed mystical significance, traditionalists often resent academic research into the oracle because it seems irreverent or iconoclastic. In "The Mandate of Heaven," S. J. Marshall sets out to reconcile these opposing approaches. He plumbs the book's numerous, hidden historical references, reading them against other sources, and discovers that the oracle has far more narrative integrity and basis in historical fact than anyone has previously appreciated.

"The Mandate of Heaven" focuses on the story of the "I Ching's" origins. The book is attributed to King Wen, who died before he could succeed in overthrowing the tyrannical Shang dynasty. His son, King Wu, eventually triumphed over the Shang and established the Zhou dynasty as the legitimate...

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