An Historical and Descriptive Account of China, Its Ancient and Modern History, Language, Literature, Religion, Government, Industry, Manners and Social State

An Historical and Descriptive Account of China, Its Ancient and Modern History, Language, Literature, Religion, Government, Industry, Manners and Social State

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 edition. Excerpt: ...stated in this huge compilation, that in the year 2857 before the Christian era, the motions of the heavens, the knowledge of which serves to regu-late time, were an object of the most serious appli-cation to Fou-hi. He was most anxious to instruct his people in this branch; but they were then in too rude a state, and too little advanced to be able to comprehend his theories. He therefore contented himself with giving them a single rule for reckon-ing time, by means of the numbers 10 and 12, the characters of which combined gave a cycle of 60 years, and which were also the foundation of the rule of the hours and the days, the months and the years, --a formula so commodious, that it has been preserved in China from the age of Fou-hi down to the present period. It is easy to conceive such a state of ignorance at so remote an epoch; but how happened it that Fou-hi was himself better instructed, or whence did he derive that knowledge which he in vain attempted to communicateP Many inventions, wonderful for that time, have been ascribed to him. In this the history of China resembles those of Greece and Rome, and of other rude nations. In fact they appear a tissue of fables. In the year 2608, B. c., Hoang-ti erected a great observatory to rectify the calendar, which was very defective. He chose from among his ofiicers those who seemed to have most talent for astronomy; he commanded some to examine the course of the sun, others the course of the moon, and others the motions of the five planets; and from their united observations the difference of the motions of the celestial bodies were to be deduced. It was then found, by the difference of the motions of the sun and moon, that twelve lunar months did not constitute an exact solar year, and that in order..show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499603
  • 9781236499608