|Tai Xuan Jing Symbols|
(96 code points)
|Symbol sets||Tai Xuan Jing|
|Assigned||87 code points|
|Unused||9 reserved code points|
|Unicode version history|
The text Tài Xuán Jīng ("Canon of Supreme Mystery", Chinese: 太玄經) was composed by the Confucian writer Yáng Xióng (Chinese: 揚雄/扬雄; pinyin: Yáng Xióng; Wade–Giles: Yang Hsiung; 53 BCE-18 CE). The first draft of this work was completed in 2BCE (in the decade before the fall of the Western Han Dynasty). This text is also known in the West as The Alternative I Ching and The Elemental Changes.
The Tai Xuan Jing probably originated in Vedic India, and was translated by Yang Xiong into Chinese. The evidence for this assertion lies in the 9 x 9 = 81 structure of the Tai Xuan Jing, which mirrors the structure of the Dao De Jing, and that of the Celestial Pivot of the Yellow Emperor's Internal Canon. In Vedic philosophy, and in Vedic Particle Physics, the 9 x 9 = 81 structure reflects that of the dynamic Rajic form of matter in the Universe. This doctrine has never been known in China, therefore it is highly unlikely that the documents named herein originated in China, and so must have been written in Vedic India and translated into China by Yang Xiong and others.
The Tai Xuan Jing may be consulted as an oracle, much like the I Ching, with grass stalks or six - faced die. A tetragram drawn without moving lines refers to the tetragram description, while a tetragram drawn with moving lines refers to the specific lines.
In the Unicode Standard, the Tai Xuan Jing Symbols block is an extension of the Yì Jīng symbols. Their Chinese aliases most accurately reflect their interpretation; for example, the Chinese alias of code point U+1D300 is "rén", which translates into English as man and yet the English alias is "MONOGRAM FOR EARTH". The monograms are:
- the unbroken line ( ⚊) for heaven (Chinese: 天; pinyin: tiān),
- once broken line ( ⚋) for earth (Chinese: 地; pinyin: dì),
- twice broken line ( 𝌀) for man (Chinese: 人; pinyin: rén).
Numerically the symbols can counted as ⚊ = 0, ⚋ = 1, 𝌀 = 2, and grouped into sets of four to count from 0 to 80. This is clearly intentional as this passage from chapter 8 of the Tài Xuán Jīng points out the principle of carrying and place value.
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|Tai Xuan Jing Symbols
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
- Trigram - (I Ching)
- Unicode range 10000-1D7FF - (specifically 1D300–1D35F)
- Ternary numeral system
- "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- Unicode Charts
- 《太玄經》 - Full text in Chinese
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