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Xuannüjing 玄女經 "The Classic of the Mysterious Maiden"


The Xuannüjing 玄女經 "Classic of the Mysterious Maiden" is an ancient book on prognostication. It is also called with the voluminous title Huangdi shou san zi xuannü jing 黃帝授三子玄女經. The imperial bibliography Jingjizhi 經籍志 in the official dynastic history Suishu 隋書 lists the book Xuannü shijing yaofa 玄女式經要法 among the master of the Five Processes (wuxing jia 五行家). This book is concerned with prognostication for the day of marriage.
Other books with the title Xuannüjing belong to medical texts dealing with the art of the bedchamber, like the texts Sunüjing 素女經, Yufang mijue 玉房秘訣, Yufang zhiyao 玉房指要 or Dongfang xuanzi 洞房玄子.


Source: Chen Yongzheng 陳永正 (ed. 1991). Zhongguo fangshu da cidian 中國方術大辭典, p. 650. Guangzhou: Zhongshan daxue chubanshe.

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June 12, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald · Mail