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On the Style of Writing of the Yi Hexagrams in the Divinatory Books of the Western Zhou

LIANG Wei-xian(School of Sociology and History,Fujian Normal University,Fuzhou 350007,China)  
Different styles of writing of a single hexagram in the Bronze Wares of the Western Zhou are congruent with later generations' notes in practical divinations taken down with the four numbers of 7,8,9,and 6,rather than the writing styles in the divinatory books at that time.The writing style of the six-number sets in the pottery pat collected at Village Xiren,Chang'an,Shaanxi Province similar to the style of the hexagrams in the Qin bamboo slips manuscript of Guicang(Return to the Hidden) and the Chu bamboo slip version of Zhouyi collected in Shanghai Museum should be the way of writing of the hexagrams in the divinatory books of the Western Zhou.The sixty-four hexagrams system expressed by two symbols(of yin and yang) or numbers in the Warring States period through the Han dynasty should have come into being long before.
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