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Oracle Bone (Turtle Plastron) Ping-pien 368 (龜腹甲卜辭《丙》368 )

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The divination made on Kuei Ssu (the 30th day of the 60-day calendar cycle) inquires whether it will rain in the “first month”. Based on this oracle, the Shang king predicted that it would rain 4 days later on Ping Shen, 10 days later on Jen Yin, 12 days later on Chia Ch’en, 17 days later on Chi Yu, and 19 days later on Hsin Hai. This can be treated as a “weather forecast” for a whole month.

late shang

length 18.2cm、width 10.7cm

site:YH127, Hsiao-t'un, Henon, China



Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

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