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Astrology and cosmology in early China : conforming earth to heaven / David W. Pankenier, Lehigh University. [electronic resource]

Author/Creator:
Pankenier, David W. (David William), author.
Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xxvi, 589 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Other Title:
Astrology & Cosmology in Early China
Subjects:
Astrology, Chinese.
Cosmology, Chinese.
Language:
English
Summary:
The ancient Chinese were profoundly influenced by the Sun, Moon and stars, making persistent efforts to mirror astral phenomena in shaping their civilization. In this pioneering text, David W. Pankenier introduces readers to a seriously understudied field, illustrating how astronomy shaped the culture of China from the very beginning and how it influenced areas as disparate as art, architecture, calendrical science, myth, technology, and political and military decision-making. As elsewhere in the ancient world, there was no positive distinction between astronomy and astrology in ancient China, and so astrology, or more precisely, astral omenology, is a principal focus of the book. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including archaeological discoveries, classical texts, inscriptions and paleography, this thought-provoking book documents the role of astronomical phenomena in the development of the 'Celestial Empire' from the late Neolithic through the late imperial period.
Contents:
Part One. Astronomy and cosmology in the time of dragons
Part Two. Aligning with heaven
Part Three. Planetary omens and cosmic ideology
Part Four. Warring states and Han astral portentology
Part Five. One with the sky.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
ISBN:
1-139-89039-5
1-107-28902-5
1-107-29391-X
1-107-29007-4
1-139-01746-2
1-107-29112-7
OCLC:
861537805