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Youshe 尤射

Feb 22, 2023 © Ulrich Theobald

Youshe 尤射 is a very short text on archery written during the Wei period 曹魏 (220-265) by Miao Xi 繆襲 (186-245), courtesy name Xibo 熙伯. It is the oldest surviving example of the many texts on archery of ancient China. The surviving text consists of 20 chapters, many words of which are missing and thus marked by place holders □.

The text is found in the series Shuofu 說郛, Han-Wei congshu 漢魏叢書, Tang-Song congshu 唐宋叢書 and Baichuan xuehai 百川學海. the largest part is dedicated to ceremonial activities (yijie 儀節) surrounding archery.

Zhang Shan 張山, Pei Xirong 裴錫榮, eds. (1994). Zhonghua wushu da cidian 中華武術大辭典 (Nanjing: Jiangsu kexue jishu chubanshe), 332.