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The Pillow Book

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This chapter of the Yuejue shu, King Goujian of Yue's "Pillow Book," is the record of a sustained and wide-ranging conversation between the Yue monarch and Fan Li. It is concerned with the economic theory, and in particular the prosperity of the nation. The chapter presents the discussion on the nature of the hun and po souls. Modern scholars have argued that the ancient Chinese conception of dual souls is derived froma fusion of northern and southern ideas, and this eventually resulted in the hun soul being associated with the heavens, and the po soul with the earth.

Keywords: Fan Li; Goujian; Yue; Yuejue shu



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