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Subjects Discussed In Dong Zhongshu’s Writings

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The chapter was written in answer to the tacit question of why, if the regimes of the holy rulers of old were so exemplary, there was any need for change. The chapter ends with an account of a particular incident in which Dong Zhongshu, as Chancellor of Jiangdu kingdom, was concerned. 'In expounding the yu ceremony of the Chunqiu, Dong Zhongshu set up clay dragons to induce the rain to fall, his thoughts being that clouds and dragons attract each other'. Huang Hui points out that some scholars took the view that this chapter was not authentic, their view being based on an apparent contradiction. As arguments of this type were utterly inconsistent with Wang Chong's search for evidence so as to dispel misconceptions, these scholars concluded that the chapter cannot be regarded as his work. Wang Chong's purpose is seen both early in the chapter and at its close.

Keywords: Chunqiu; clay dragons; Dong Zhongshu's writings; Huang Hui; Jiangdu kingdom; Wang Chong



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