|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 Yang Xiong (53 BCE-18 CE). The first draft of this work was completed in 2 BCE (in the decade before the fall of the Western Han dynasty). During the Jin dynasty, an otherwise unknown person named Fan Wang 范望 salvaged the text and wrote a commentary on it, from which our text survives today.
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)
The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Tai Xuan Jing Symbols block:
|Version||Final code points[a]||Count||L2 ID||WG2 ID||Document|
|4.0||U+1D300..1D356||87||L2/02-089||N2416||Cook, Richard; Everson, Michael; Nylan, Michael (2002-02-11), Proposal to add monogram, digram, and tetragram characters to the UCS|
|L2/05-267||N2998||Proposed annotations for Annex P -- reference N2988, 2005-09-15|
|L2/05-260||N2988||Kawabata, Taichi (2005-09-21), Proposal to correct the Character Names for Tai Xuan Jing (U+13D00 ~ U+13D05)|
|L2/05-281||N2998R||Proposed annotations for Annex P -- reference N2988, 2005-09-28|
|L2/06-088||N3837||"11.4", Unconfirmed minutes of WG 2 meeting 47, 2006-02-22|
- "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
- "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
- N2416: Proposal to add monogram, digram and tetragram characters to the UCS
- 《太玄經》 - Full text in Chinese