I Ching (ē jĭng)
A Chinese book of ancient origin consisting of 64 interrelated hexagrams along with commentaries attributed to Confucius. The hexagrams, originally used for divination, embody Taoist philosophy by describing all nature and human endeavor in terms of the interaction of yin and yang. Also called Book of Changes.
[Mandarin Yì Jīng, Book of Changes, from Middle Chinese jiajk kjiajŋ : jiajk, change + kjiajŋ, warp (of a loom), to pass through, classic (text), book.]
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