Confucian Cosmogony; A Translation of Section Forty-Nine of the Complete Works of the Philosopher Choo-Foo-Tze

Confucian Cosmogony; A Translation of Section Forty-Nine of the Complete Works of the Philosopher Choo-Foo-Tze

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...He replied: The species of the Air of the Five Elements, for exanple, Warm, Cool, Heat, Cold, Dry, Moist, Hard, and Soft, all fill up the midst of Heaven and Earth. Take any one thing, and it contains these Five Elements; but some things obtain them in a greater, some in a lesser proportion. 46. Being asked: Speaking of the order of their generation with regard to their substance, then it is said of Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, and Earth, that Water and Wood are Light, and Fire and Metal are Darkness. Does this refer to their order in the Diagram? And then, how can Water and Wood be designated Light, and Fire and Metal Darkness? He repHed: Heaven is Monad (Shangte) and generated Water; the Earth is Duad and gene Shape, Speech, Sight, Healing and Thinking, f Bain, Pair weather, Heat, Cold and Wind. rated Fire; Heaven, the Triad, generated Wood; the Earth, Tetrad, generated Metal. The Monad and Triad are Light, the Duad and Tetrad are Darkness. 47. Being asked: Speaking of the order of their motion, with regard to their Air; then, they are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water; and, Wood and Fire are Light, Metal and Water are Darkness; is not this speaking of them with regard to their revolutions? Yet, how can Wood and Fire he called Light, and Metal and Water Darkness? He replied: This refers to the Four Seasons; the Spring and Summer are Light, Autumn and Winter are Darkness. 48. He asked his pupils how the ancients arranged the twelve hours? They could not explain this. The teacher said: The character Che is formed of Che and Sin, and it means what the mind does (i. e. reflects). The ancient character She, was formed from Che and Jih, and is what days limit. For, when the day arrives at Woo, it is called the Woo time; and when it arrives at...show more

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  • 9781236931139