Calendar (Yīnlì 阴历)

Nirmal DASS

This Qing dynasty illustration shows yet another version of the calendar-creation legend. In this legend the Xi and He brothers receive a government commission from emperor Yao to organize the calendar with respect to the celestial bodies.

The ancient Chinese calendar is still used to mark religious and traditional holidays and festivals. Its form is derived from astronomical observations of the longitude of the sun and the phases of the moon…..

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By | 2014-12-16T16:54:12+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Science, Science, Technology, and Medicine|Comments Off on Calendar (Yīnlì 阴历)

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