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The Record Of Military Auras

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This chapter of the Yuejue shu, consists of three distinct parts. The first section is a detailed account of junqi or military auras, some kind of coloured emanation which enlightened military strategists could see above an army, which informed them of the situation behind enemy lines. These auras were apparently not visible to the naked eye, but had to be determined by skilled strategists and diviners. The second section is concerned with the divinations which an enlightened military strategist would perform, to determine the direction of attack. The third section is concerned with the association of lunar lodges with particular geographical areas on earth. It relates Western Han dynasty commanderies to the pre-unification states and kingdoms that had previously occupied these lands, and then by extension to particular lunar lodges.

Keywords: lunar lodges; military auras; military strategist; Western Han dynasty; Yuejue shu



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