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Chinese Day & month names

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Monday, May 1, 2000, 22:53
In a message dated 2000/05/01 09:28:00 PM, Lao Kuo wrote:

>Perhaps Jonathan can shed some light on some of the historico-linguisitc >details? >
*gulp* thanx a lot, Kuo. =} Based on the ancient _I Ching_, the Taoists have the concept of "The Cycle of the Twelve Earthly Forces": 1st month -> "Ein" (element: Yang Wood) Spring 2nd " -> "Mao" ( " : Yin Wood) Spring 3rd -> "Chen" ( : Yang Earth) Spring 4th -> "Sze" ( : Yin Fire) Summer 5th -> "Wu" ( :Yang Fire) Summer 6th -> "Wei" ( :Yin Earth) Summer 7th -> "Shen" ( : Yang Metal) Fall 8th -> "Yu" ( : Yin Metal) Fall 9th -> "Shu" ( : Yang Earth) Fall 10th -> "Hai" ( : Yin Water) Winter 11th -> "Tze" ( : Yang Water) Winter 12th -> "Chui" ( : Yin Earth) Winter Everything from _Feng Shui_ to _Dim Mak_ is based on these cycles, besides the usual basic agricultural stuff. (there are other cycles involved too: in example, the day has its own cycle... then there is also the Chinese Zodiac with it's 12 year cycle, etc.). hehe, Cycles within Cycles upon Cycles... This has its basis in early pre-Taoist thought (late shamanistic Chinese period roughly 16th Century B.C.E. & earlier). The Taoists refined the shamanistic observations & developed an incipient science... out of which arose acupunture, gunpowder, paper, printing, etc.. enuff ethno-musing... hehe, for now... zHANg