|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). 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)
- Trigram - (I Ching)
- Unicode range 10000-1D7FF - (specifically 1D300–1D35F)
- Ternary numeral system
- 《太玄經》 - Full text in Chinese
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