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The Chapters Of The Chunqiu Fanlu And Their Contents

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This chapter ranges over explanations of the wording to be seen in the Chunqiu with its implications and lessons. The extent of the attention paid to the Wu xing in the book is remarkable, amounting to nine pian that set out theory and one that describes its application to a matter of ritual. In its handling of the succession of mythical monarchs and their different measures, as seen in the forms of music, part of the chapter may be compared and contrasted with the text of pian no. 23. A ruler of mankind stands possessed of these heavenly powers with which he may influence his people. His authority and moral strength correspond with cold and heat, winter and summer. In the same way joy and anger each have their correct season for expression. The Chunqiu verifies these principles. The forces of Yin and Yang are not specified in this pian.

Keywords: Chunqiu fanlu; moral strength; pian; summer; winter; Wu xing ; Yin and Yang

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