24. Big Bells

13 February 2019, 21:59

Went to the Hubei Provincial Museum of Wuhan today. Saw some porcelain, some old stuff, some sweet-looking bells, a bunch of ax-knives, pictures of revolutionaries, and some ancient skulls. And there was a board that caught my attention: “Sages and philosophers around the fifth century BC.”

Shang Gao (Western Zhou Dynasty, 1046-771 BC), mathematician
Guan Zhong (645 BC), statesman
Sakyamuni (586-485), founder of Buddhism
Pythagoras (580-497 BC), mathematician and philosopher
Confucius (551-479 BC), philosopher of Confucianism
Lao Tsu (6th century BC), philosopher of Taoism
Chen Zi (5th century BC or earlier), astronomer and mathematician
Zeno of Elea (490-430 BC), ancient Greek philosopher, mathematician, and casuist
Mo Di (480-390 BC), philosopher of the Monist school
Socrates (478-399 BC), philosopher
Plato (427-347 BC), philosopher
Aristotle (384-322 BC), philosopher
Hui Shi (380-305 BC), philosopher and logician
Meng Ke (372-286 BC), philosopher of Confucianism
Zhuang Zhou (369-286 BC), philosopher of Taoism

Haven’t heard of half of these names because half of them are Eastern, and I’m not Eastern. I’m Western. Would like to know more about Eastern philosophy, especially regarding the works and ideas of Confucius. Also, I want to know if these names, dates, and titles are accurate.

Sixty-seven bi (jade in round shape with a hole in the middle) were unearthed. The bi, the most important of the six kinds of auspicious jade ornaments of the Zhou Dynasty, was used in rituals to worship Heaven. In the rules on rites at that time, the big bi measuring one chi two cun in diameter was to be used by the king or presented to the king by a feudal lord. The bi can be used for decoration or worn as an ornament.

I didn’t buy any souvenirs. Should’ve bought coffee from the belt of the world. I’ll keep my eye out for a nice, jade bi I can wear around my neck.

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