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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 27. Chapters: Flying Star Feng Shui, I Ching divination, King Wen sequence, List of hexagrams of the I Ching, Ba gua, Yin Style Baguazhang, I Ching's influence, Dong Haichuan, Li Ziming, Sui Yunjiang, Liang Zhenpu, Tie ban shen shu, Legge romanization, Xizi. Excerpt: The I Ching (Wade-Giles) or "Yi J ng" (pinyin), also known as the Classic of Changes, Book of Changes and Zhouyi, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. The book contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy or the West African Ifa system; in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely used for this purpose. The earliest extant version of the text, written on bamboo slips, albeit incomplete, is the Chujian Zhouyi, and dates to the latter half of the Warring States period (mid 4th to early 3rd century BC), and certainly cannot be later than 223 BC, when Chu was conquered by Qin. It is essentially the same as the standard text, except for a few significant variora. During the Warring States Period, the text was re-interpreted as a system of cosmology and philosophy that subsequently became intrinsic to Chinese culture. It centred on the ideas of the dynamic balance of opposites, the evolution of events as a process, and acceptance of the inevitability of change. The standard text originated from the ancient text ( ) transmitted by Fei Zhi (, c. 50 BC-10 AD) of the Han Dynasty. During the Han Dynasty this version competed with the bowdlerised new text ( ) version transmitted by Tian He at the beginning of the Western Han. However, by the time of the Tang Dynasty the ancient text version, which survived Qin's book-burning by being preserved amongst the peasantry, became the accepted norm among Chinese scholars. Traditionally it was believed that the principles of the I Ching originated with the mythical...