"Auspicious Omens and Miracles"

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46-47

omens for the Xin Dynasty of Wan-man

69

omens recorded at the Wu Lian Shrine

133-145

94 omens in Treatise (chs. 28-29 of Son-s^u) by S^en-Yue

 

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omen

 

#

omen

 

#

omen

       

3:2:3

unicorn

133

1

unicorn, not trampling insects {cf. Jaina bhiks.u}

             

2

phoenix

46

1

"sign of the vermilion ..."

     

134

3

divine bird = "essence of the Vermilion Spirit"

       

[1:1:4]

   

4a

yellow dragon

             

4b

red dragon

           

135

5

numinous turtle: when 300 years' old, on waterlily-pads {cf. "paddock" frog?}

             

6a

winged dragon-horse

             

6b

yellow horse

 

2

variegated horse

 

2:2:4

white horse with vermilion mane

 

6c

white horse with vermilion mane

       

2:2:5

lake horse

 

6d

lake horse {cf. Pegasos of Hippokrene}

             

6e

white-maned black horse of Xia

             

6f

black-maned white horse of S^an

             

6g

black-maned red horse of Z*ou

             

7

white elephant

           

136

8

white fox

       

2:1:3

red bear

 

9

red bear

             

10

9-tailed fox

             

11

white deer

             

12

3-horned beast

             

13

1-horned beast

       

[1:2]

   

14

6-legged beast

       

2:1:8

beasts joined at shoulder

 

15

beasts joined at shoulder for widows

             

16

xie-z^i [beast]

       

[1:3]

   

17

white tiger

 

3

iron cerificate {cf. iron wolf}

       

18

white wolf

           

137

19

white roebuck

       

2:1:11

silver jar

 

20

silver jar

             

21

red rabbit

       

[2:1:7]

   

22

birds joined at the wing

             

23

red sparrow

             

24

felicity herb in ancestral temple

             

25

azure crow

             

26a

conifers receive sweet dew

             

26b

bamboo-reeds receive sweet dew

             

27

lovely incense

           

138

28

auspicious grain

             

29

variegated felicity cloud

 

5

talisman of Yu

       

30

white rabbit [cf. 74]

             

31

Dipper yun-essence [star]

             

32

red crow

             

33

white swallow

             

34

golden carriage

           

139

35

3-legged crow

             

36

elephant carriage for boundaries

             

37

white crow

             

38

white sparrow

       

2:1:1

jade horse

 

39

jade horse

             

40

tree-root carriage

             

41

white pigeon

             

42

jade goat

             

43

jade rooster

       

[2:1:5

Bi jade

 

44

Bi-disk [jade]

       

[2:1:2]

   

45

jade flower

46

6

striated Gui

 

2:1:6

Gui jade

140

46

dark Gui [jade]

             

47

golden s^en

             

48

cinnabar cauldron

       

2:1:9

white fish

 

49

white fish

             

50

golden man swimming in pond

 

7

sigil {?carven from tree}

 

[2:1:4]

   

51

intertwining trees

       

2:1:10

fish joined at the eye

 

52

fish joined at the eye

 

8

stone text

       

53

coral hook

           

141

54

divine mushroom

 

9

dark dragon {cf. pearl held by dragon}

       

55

brilliant moon pearl of crustaceans {shrimps' brains are iridescent, in Iban lore}

             

56

ju-c^an [?sorghum]

             

57

hua-pin [herb] of horizontal branches

             

58

pin-lu [herb] as dai:s

       

[1:1:5]

   

59

min-jia [herb] (shewing tithi by # of leaves) on the steps

             

60

s^a-fu [herb] insecticide

           

142

61

vermilion herb

             

62

-moon auspicious star, supplementing moonlight

             

63

bin-lian kuo-da [herb] of concubines

       

[2:2:3]

   

64

fur-garments from Qu-sou

 

10

divine well

 

1:1:1

swinging well

 

65

swinging well

             

66

white jades of West Queen Mother

             

67a

white pheasants from Yue-c^an

             

67b

elephant's tusks from Yue-c^an

             

68a

yellow ornaments for lack of gold

             

68b

purple jade for lack of gold

             

69

jade lady for lack of cereals

           

143

70

earthly pearl for lack of jade

             

71

heavenly 5-colored transparent deer

             

72

jiao-duan [beast] walking 18,000 li in a day

             

73

z^ou-yin [beast] from metamorphosis of constellations

             

74

flying rabbit of Yu

             

75

bai-ze [beast] can explain 10,000 things

             

76

tao-tu [beast]

           

144

77

yao [beast]

             

78

birds joined at the heart for barbarians united

             

79

jue-ti [beast] "can speak"

             

80

zi-da [beast]

             

81

small birds giving birth to big birds, earth splitting open

             

82

Yellow[-River] Essence [human-headed fish -- vide also p. 128]

             

83

yan-xi [herb]

             

84

big shell for lack of jewels

             

85

wei-rui [herb] at doors

             

86

wine springs

           

145

87

sun-&-moon shine together

             

88

flower of mushroom

 

11

great divine stone

       

89

emerald for "When things that amuse are rejected"

             

90

jade jar, always miraculously full

             

91

miraculous carriage, provided by mountain[-deity]

             

92

rhinoceros

             

93

black cinnabar mounds

 

12a

copper ...

 

1:1:2

divine tripod

 

94

divine tripod {cast in bronze} -- miraculously changing its weight, boiling without fire

[The sequences of slabs and of rows for the omen-images inscribed (c. Ch.E. 167) at the Wu-Lian Shrine may have been both in the reverse of that assumed by Huan-Yi in Ch.E. 1786.]

pp. 127-128 "History of Auspicious Omens" (= Ch. 27 of Son-s^u) by S^en-Yue

through the affect of __,

the mother of emperor __came to gestate him

that emperor had a __ body

and a __ head

a giant's footprint

Tai-hao (Fu-Xi)

ophidian

anthropoid

dragon

Yan-di (S^en-Non)

anthropoid

bovine

lightning-flash at s^u-star of Dipper

Huan-di

 

draconic

rainbow-star floating down (in her dream)

Z^i

   

star go through the moon

Z^uan-Xu

 

shield-&-spear (on his head)

dragon in yellow cloud

Yao

   

p. 225, fn. 21 the 81 brethren C^i-you, according to a version of the Dragon Diagram of the Yellow River (ISSS 6:89)

body-part

of __

bodies

animals

voices

human

heads

bronze

foreheads

iron

pp. 230-234 Yuan-s^i Don-xuan Lin-bao C^i-s^u Yu-pian Z^en-wen ("Origin-prime Don-xuan Numinous-treasure Red-writings in Jade Perfect-writing")

p. 231 their appearance

 

original aethers coagulated

into jade characters, on golden tablets

[amid purple clouds, p. 230]

     

their origin

 

refined

in Don-yan ("Brightness") Hall

 

smelted

in Liu-huo {"Flowing Fire") Hall

 
     

p. 233 their divine animal-promulgators

for __

script was brought

by qin-niao ("green bird"), in its beak

division of the heavens

protected & guarded

by bai-hu ("white tiger")

gold (spat by that tiger)

talisman was brought

by qin-lon ("green dragon")

cycle of the waters

sigil was taken

by qion-lon ("fine-jade dragon"), in its mouth

peace in the country

     

their animal-celebrants

 

whistling

by luan-bird

 

chanting

by phoinix

 

dancing

by bird-flocks

 

jumping

by jiao-lon ("curling dragons")

 
     

p. 234 loss of noxious nature {these are also Zaratustrian, etc.}

 

closing of fangs

by poisonous animals

 

submission to men

by lions etc.

 

pp. 234-235, fn. 42 according to the Wu-s^an Bi-yao ("Essentials of Supreme Secrets"), chapter 24

in the beginning of the "__ Era"

the "Giant of the __ Treasure" transformed himself into the "Lord of the [same] Treasure"

and revealed the "Scriptures of the __ Grotto"

Lon-han

Heavenly

Da-ton

C^i-min

Divine

Don-xuan

S^an-huan

Divine [again?]

Don-s^en

p. 239 rebirths, in India

Lao-jun became Mi-jia

p. 239, fn. 53 "Mi-jia" is Megha ("cloud")

"Laozi made Yin Xi ... transform himself into a yellow sparrow" (huan-que), "which flew into [his future mother's] mouth. It was similar to a meteor."

[soul of prominent person returning in form of meteor, for re-incarnation, is a common rN~in-ma theme]

Fu-rui Zi ("Auspicious Omens as Tokens") = Chapter 27 of the Son-s^u

p.

emperor's father

gestation

physiognomy

auspicious omen

265

fn. 2 "green rainbow"

12 y.

ophidian body, human head

p. 266 "bright dragon"

266

"divine dragon" at Mt. C^an-yan

 

human body, bovine head

da-huo ("Great Fire")

 

"flash of lightning" surrounding star S^u of Dou

25 [15, p. 267 fn. 12] mo.

p. 267 draconic face

p. 267 "luminous clouds"

269

"a star like a rainbow floating down the stream to the Hua islet"

   

phoinix

269

"the yaoguang star go through the moon like a rainbow ... in the Palace of Mystery"

 

pp. 269-270 "On his head, he bore a shield and a spear"

 

270

with drums, bells ?

 

"with a double row of teeth" [shark?]

phoinices flapped their wings and danced

 

"red dragon" in dark wind of "yellow cloud"

14 mo.

with variegated eyebrows

p. 271 cooling s^an-fu (meat-fan); daily-leafing li-jia (calendar bean)

272

"large [double?] rainbow"

 

double-pupilled eyen

p. 274 "yellow dragon"

274

"a falling star go through the lunar mansion Mane"

pp. 274-5 born from mother's back

tiger-nose; 3-orificed ears; stars Gou & Qian on his head

p. 275 dream of 9-tailed fox.

276

variegated egg of dark bird

born from mother's chest

   
 

"white vapor go through the moon"

born on the day Yi

white-faced; his arms had 4 joints

black bird became a black jade. p. 277: "white wolf"

277

"footsteps of a giant"

baby cast away in a narrow lane

p. 278 long cheeks

 

278

     

"flying dragons"

 

"tall man" in pigsty

 

draconic face; tiger's shoulders; 4 nipples

p. 279 "red sparrow"; "red man"

279

mother dreamt of catalpa trees

 

p. 280 capric face

p. 280 "white fish"

281

     

"blue rhinoceros". p. 282 unicorn of 24 characters

283

"red bird"

   

p. 287 "Yellow Stone" {WY?}

287

"azure dragon"

     

MONUMENTA SERICA MONOGRAPH SERIES, XXXIX. Tiziana Lipiello: Auspicious Omens and Miracles in Ancient China. Monumenta Serica Institute, Sankt Augustin, 2001.