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Re: Chinese Day & month names

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 4:51
In a message dated 2000/05/01 11:53:36 PM, Kenji wrote:

>But let's not forget their counterparts, the "Ten Heavenly Branches"! >
=) of course not. I was being more concerned with the months =}
>And, for that matter (and more specifically calendrical, the 24 "divided >pneuma" (or whatever; jie2 qi) -- the 15 day periods. Do people use them >any more at all? >
Only hard-core Feng Shui people & religious Taoists. =} oh and various scholars...
>(On a side note, I've heard & read it claimed that the associations of the >elements with the day names is in fact a Tang (or slightly earlier) import >from Central Asia, brought to China by those omnipresent yet elusive >Sogdian merchants. In any case, it's not attested in pre-Han, or so far >as I know, Han-period texts.)
Well, you know more than me on this point. ::bow of respect:: zHANg