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Touhu yijie 投壺儀節 "The Social Ritual of Dart-Throwing"


Illustration from the Touhu yijie 投壺儀節, Congshu jicheng 叢書集成 edition. Click to enlarge.
The Touhu yijie 投壺儀節 "The social ritual of dart-throwing" is a book on the game of dart-throwing that was very popular in classical China between the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE) and the Jin period. Darts are thrown into different vessels, for instance, a vase with a very slim neck to which two tubes are attachted on both sides. The author of this book was the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Wang Zhi 汪禔 and was finished in 1527. He collected all information on this kind of game from old texts. The short book is divided into 12 chapters and provides a whole overview of this ancient social ritual that is already described in the Confucian Classics. In comparison to older texts, Wang Zhi adds ten new features. The Touhu yijie is included in the collectanea Yimen guangdu 夷門廣牘 and Congshu jicheng 叢書集成.


Source: Wu Feng 吳楓 (ed. 1987). Jianming Zhongguo guji cidian 簡明中國古籍辭典, Changchun: Jilin wenshi chubanshe, p. 410.

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