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Of Trees, a Son, and Kingship - Recovering an Ancient Chinese Dream

Prof. Edward L. Shaughnessy, University of Chicago, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

The first volume of the Tsinghua University Warring States bamboo-strip manuscripts contains a text with passages that match medieval quotations of a text referred to as Cheng wu程寤or Awakening at Cheng, which in turn is said to be a lost chapter of the Yi Zhou shu逸周書or Leftover Zhou Documents. The passages concern one of Chinese literature’s earliest interpretations of a dream, and were quoted in medieval encyclopedias in their sections on dreams. I discuss the significance of this discovery both for Chinese textual history and also for the interpretation of this particular dream.


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