This project aims to conduct a comparative study of the documents on Rishu in the three stages of Chu, Qin, and Han dynasties. Rishu was a calendar book used by the ancient wizards to tell the proper and improper dates and predict the good or bad fortune of things so as to teach people how to pursue good luck and avoid disasters. It is a kind of ancient numerology as well as an ancient almanac. Most of the past research on Rishu focused solely on a certain range of documents or the project study was limited to a certain type of documents on Rishu such as patterns. This project plans to have a comprehensive study on all types of documents on Rishu. In the process of the study, in addition to the basic interpretations on the words and phrases in Rishu, this project will also make an in-depth analysis on the principles of numerology. Also, the comparison between the Rishu documents in the three stages will also be applied to analyze the origin and evolution of numerology. Then, through the result of the comparison, the project plans to analyze these Rishu to have a further discussion on the social customs in Qin and Han dynasties. There will be some understanding on the following issues: What was the influence of Rishu on the contemporary society? What was the real situation when these taboos were practiced in the contemporary society? These are also the concerns of the project.
|Effective start/end date
|2017/08/01 → 2018/07/31
- Qin and Han dynasties
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