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Subjects And Problems Of The Chunqiu Fanlu

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Some of the chapters of the Chunqiu fanlu are concerned with major issues that were in question in both Western and Eastern Han times, and some of these are treated in writings such as Dong Zhongshu's three responses. Tian, which features frequently throughout the Chunqiu fanlu, is shown as the single unifying factor or element in the universe, working through the agency of Yin and Yang and their appointed schedules and sequences. This chapter draws attention to three major subjects - those of Yin Yang and Wu xing, the religious cults that the emperor performed, and the subject of substance (zhi) and pattern (wen). Notes on the term Yu ying, as the title of one pian, and the meaning of Tian shu are also provided. The Chunqiu fanlu devotes considerable attention to the jiao, which forms part of the title of five pian, with one other pian bearing on the same subject.

Keywords: Chunqiu Fanlu; jiao; pian; Tian shu; Wu xing; Yin Yang; Yu ying



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