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The aim of this lecture is to introduce with a case study of Xuantong Dashu《玄通大书》– The Great Book of Mystery. The Great Book of Mystery is one of the most comprehensive of divination encyclopedias used by the Bimo (毕摩) shamans/masters of psalmody of the Yi ethnic minority that include both traditional Yi prognistication techniques, such as: deductive reasoning, bringing sacrifices to one’s tree of life, ancestor worship, etc. and Han techniques of five elements (五行), twelve palaces (十二 宫), eight trigrams (八卦), taijitu (太极图), etc. The present research is of hermeneutic nature and will provide an interpretation of The Great Book of Mystery distinguishing between Han and Yi prognostication techniques and their relevance to the present day.
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