The Forest of Changes

The Forest of Changes : The Jiao Shi Yi Lin, a Han Dynasty Divination Manual

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The Forest of Changes (Jiao Shi Yi Lin) is a Han Dynasty book of divination based on the Yi Jing. It expands the 64 hexagrams of the Yi Jing into 4096 verses, with one verse for each possible combination of two hexagrams. The work was created in the latter part of the Western Han or during the reign of Wang Mang. Much more than a diviners' tool, it contains numerous important insights into early Chinese culture, religion, history, myth and philosophy. This is the first translation of the entire work into a western language.Note! Now available: The Merchant's and Traveler's Forest of Changes. This is the first of three volumes in the Forest of Changes Oracle series, a resyncing of the Forest to the Yi Jing to create a working oracle. See my author's page for details.
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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 25mm | 1,139g
  • English
  • 1505566843
  • 9781505566840
  • 1,335,435

About Christopher Gait

The Forest of Changes (Jiao Shi Yi Lin) was written in the late Western Han Dynasty, purportedl by Master Jiao (Jiao Yan Shou). Many scholars attribute the Forest to Cui Zhuan, who served as a governor during the reign of Wang Mang (9 - 23 CE). Others propose the Daoist scholar of the Changes Xu Jun (also first century BCE). This English translation of the work by Christopher Gait, an independent scholar residing in Virginia, USA.
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