Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
The I Ching ( Wade-Giles ) or "Yì Jīng" ( pinyin ), also known as the Classic of Changes , Book of Changes or Zhouyi , is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts . [ 1 ] The book contains a divination system comparable to Western geomancy or the West African Ifá system; in Western cultures and modern East Asia, it is still widely used for this purpose. Traditionally, the I Ching and its hexagrams were thought to pre-date recorded history, [ 2 ] and based on traditional Chinese accounts, its origins trace back to the 3rd to the 2nd millennium BC. [ 3 ] Modern scholarship suggests that the earliest layers of the text may date from the end of the 2nd millennium BC, but place doubts on the mythological aspects in the traditional accounts. [ 4 ] Some consider the I Ching the oldest extant book of divination, dating from 1,000 BC and before. [ 5 ] The oldest manuscript that has been found, albeit incomplete, dates back to the Warring States Period (475–221 BC). [ 6 ]
China Netease, one of China's most popular Internet portals, held a survey on the subject "If there were a next life, would you like to be a Chinese." 64 percent of Internet surfers answered that they "would not like to be a Chinese again next life." The survey sparked vigourous discussions, but now the web page has been shut down. 10,234 people participated in the Netease survey, which ran from September 4 to September 10.