Talk:Da Liu Ren
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I removed the following items because they have no provenance, and the information doesn't agree with any of the scholarly materials I've encountered. The item about Dunhuang seems to have mixed up some calendrical information about the Seven Luminaries (Roman 7-day week count brought to China) with Liuren techniques. cb (talk) 05:00, 4 January 2009 (UTC)cb
Da Liu Ren had overtaken Qi Men Dun Jia in popularity, at least according to source documents found in the caverns of Dunhuang 敦煌.
Qi Men Dun Jia was widely used in China during the Tang 唐 and Song 宋 dynasties, by the time of the Yuan dynasty 元, Da Liu Ren had overtaken Qi Men Dun Jia in popularity, at least according to source documents found in the caverns of Dunhuang 敦煌.
The overwhelming popularity of Da Liu Ren in ancient China was perhaps due to its higher degree of precision, in comparison with Qi Men Dun Jia.
As is true with Qi Men Dun Jia, Da Liu Ren was first used in China for the purposes of devising military strategy and later developed into a more popular and widespread form of divination which grew to include medical divination, matchmaking, childbirth, travel, criminology, weather forecasting, etc. types of divination.
In view of its complex nature, Da Liu Ren was regarded as the highest of the Three Styles, since mastery of its complex rule structure required many years of memorization. In contemporary China, few claim mastery of Da Liu Ren.
Da Liu Ren is further complicated by the necessity of mastering a large body of rules and regulations which govern the relationships named above. Da Liu Ren contains perhaps four times as many rules as Qi Men Dun Jia, for example. The extant historical literature on Da Liu Ren by far surpasses that of Qi Men Dun Jia.