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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