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Author Chen, Guangyu, 1946-
Title Shang dai jia gu Zhong Ying du ben. English
Reading of Shang inscriptions / Kuang Yu Chen, Zhenhao Song, Yuan Liu, Matthew Anderson.
Imprint Singapore : Springer Singapore ; Shanghai : People's Publishing House, [2020]

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Author Chen, Guangyu, 1946-
Subject Oracle bones -- China -- History -- To 1500.
Logography -- History -- To 1500.
Inscriptions, Chinese -- China -- History -- To 1500.
Semiotics -- China -- History -- To 1500.
Signs and symbols -- China -- History -- To 1500.
Cultural property -- China.
Historical linguistics -- China.
Cultural property.
Historical linguistics.
China -- History -- To 1500.
China -- History.
Alt Name Song, Zhenhao,
Liu, Yuan, 1973-
Anderson, Matthew,
Description 1 online resource (498 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary This book introduces readers to oracle bone inscriptions (OBI), the oldest known form of Chinese writing. It presents 120 rubbings made from unearthed animal bones and turtle shells that the Shang royal court employed to record royal divinations 3500 years ago, covering topics ranging from ancestor worship, rituals, and astronomy to agriculture, war, and hunting. Each rubbing is accompanied by a graph-to-graph transcription, a translation and a detailed annotation. The book is intended for both general readers and scholars who are interested in ancient civilizations and Early China in particular, acquainting them not only with OBI graphs and the development of the Chinese writing system, but also the history of the Shang Dynasty. The didactic and tutorial format makes this book ideal for teaching and for self-learning. Sumerian, Egyptian, Chinese OBI and Mayan constitute the four pristine writing systems. Of these, only Chinese writing has remained logographic and survived to the present day. The study of OBI not only plays a pivotal role in connecting archaeology to history, but is also of great importance to the comparative study of the origin of writing and civilization. Though there are numerous books on Mayan and Egyptian hieroglyphs, there are very few on OBI; this book fills that gap.
Note Description based upon print version of record.
Contents 1 Ganzhi Cycle -- 2 The Millet Harvest -- 3 Fifteen Dogs -- 4 Rain in the First Month -- 5 Rain from the East -- 6 From Daybreak to Morning -- 7 Tricolored Clouds -- 8 Heavy Rain -- 9 Encounter Gusty Wind -- 10 Strong Gale. .
ISBN 9789811562143 (electronic bk.)
9811562148 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-981-15-6214-3
OCLC # 1206395394
Additional Format Print version: Chen, Kuang Yu Reading of Shang Inscriptions Singapore : Springer Singapore Pte. Limited,c2020 9789811562136

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