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The Divination Of The King Of Wu's Dream

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This chapter of the Yuejue shu, concerns the various conflicting interpretations given to King Fuchai of Wu for a prophetic dream. Dream divination is an extremely ancient technique in China, and many oracle bones survive from Anyang which record the ongoing relationship between the Shang kings and their ancestors, maintained through their appearance in dreams. There are also numerous accounts in ancient historical texts of individuals seeking interpretation of the events in their dreams, and the earliest surviving accounts of this kind of divination are found in the Zuozhuan. The chapter proposes two different competing interpretations; one by an amateur, PrimeMinister Pi, and one by an expert diviner named Gongsun Sheng. It records the legend of a mountain echo: here associated with Qinyuhang mountain, which is traditionally said to have been the site of King Fuchai of Wu's suicide.

Keywords: China; dream divination; Fuchai; Qinyuhang mountain; Wu; Yuejue shu



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