Vol. 24 (2017)
Articles

The Historical Reception of Yijing in Early Modern Ryukyu

Abstract

This is a pioneering study of the historical reception of the Yijing (Classic of Changes) in the Ryukyu Kingdom in the early modern period. The Yijing was not a very popular text among Ryukyuan scholars who neither reprinted Chinese commentaries nor wrote their own commentaries on the text. They studied the Yijing mainly through the interpretations of Zhu Xi, and no one specialized in it. However, the yinyang wuxing theory and divination associated with the Yijing were incorporated into Ryukyuan traditions, applied to all walks of life, including geomancy, folk religion, medicine, and architecture.