I Ching

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From Mandarin 易經易经 (Yì Jīng).


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I Ching

  1. A Chinese classic text describing an ancient system of cosmology and philosophy which is at the heart of traditional Chinese cultural beliefs.
    • 1995, Sagan, Carl, “The Most Precious Thing”, in The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark[1], First edition, New York: Random House, →ISBN, LCCN 95-34076, OCLC 676826053, page 17:
      A somewhat analogous situation exists in China. After the death of Mao Zedong and the gradual emergence of a market economy, UFOs, channeling and other examples of Western pseudoscience emerged, along with such ancient Chinese practices as ancestor worship, astrology and fortune telling—especially that version that involves throwing yarrow sticks and working through the hoary hexagrams of the I Ching. The government newspaper lamented that “the superstition of feudal ideology is reviving in our countryside.” It was (and remains) a rural, not primarily an urban, affliction.


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