Research Project


Image, Numerology, Meaning-pattern and Prognostication in the Book of Changes

Prof. Dr. Zhang Wenzhi
Research stay: April 2012 – March 2013

The correlation between the hexagram and line statements, the images, and the underlying ideas in the Yijing (Book of Changes) has always posed a challenging problem to academic circles. I have been focusing on this problem for a dozen years. In the past few decades, there has emerged an increasing amount of material concerning the Yijing and divination unearthed. Basing on this material, I find some evidence to attest to the correlation between the three aspects mentioned above. These discoveries can help us to understand the relationship between image, numerology, meaning-pattern and prognostication in the Book of Changes. At the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, I will search for more evidence to attest to this correlation and finally disclose the value of both the divination and wisdom as conceived in the Yijing.

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