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Mélanges offerts à Marc Kalinowski

COVER ILLUSTRATION : Daoist talisman attached to the doors of the home at the time of the lunar New Year. The two characters Taiji 太極 (Grand Extreme) are in the center, surrounded by several constellations and then the eight trigrams (bagua 八卦). In the four corners, the crane (he 鶴) and the tortoise (gui 龜) are symbols of longevity; the deer (lu 鹿), a homophone of the character lu 祿 (emolument), signifies social success; the fourth motif, showing a coin, expresses the wish for wealth. Print from Quanzhou (Fujian Province), 14.5 x 15.5 cm, in Wang Shucun, Paper Joss : Deity Worship Through Folk Prints, Beijing, New World Press, 1992.

Colleagues and friends of Professor Marc Kalinowski have contributed the twenty-eight articles collected in this volume with the intention of honoring the work and the man, in whom science and friendship blend with natural ease. In his writings, in his teaching, and when pleasurably engaged in discussion, Marc Kalinowski has had something to say about all of the subjects addressed in these Mélanges, indicating the breadth of his research and his significant contribution to our understanding of Chinese civilization. He is not only a foremost specialist in the divinatory arts of ancient and medieval China, but has also pioneered the study of ancient manuscripts excavated in China in recent decades. These manuscripts written on silk, wood, and bamboo have transformed our knowledge of the mantic practices of the aristocracy as well as those practices favored by functionaries in the territorial administration of the empire. The articles in this volume are arranged in four large research areas, each of which has been en – riched by Marc Kalinowski’s own research. Religion is first, as represented through philosophical reflections as well as analyses of local cults, funerary rites (Roman and Chinese), and pantheons. Divination is next, including the foundational Yijing in China and “fallen bark” in Rome as well as the introduction of a mythical Iranian planet in Daoist horoscopy and the cultural transfer of a medieval protector-spirit from China to Japan. The next area is techniques—in music, the military, therapy, and mathematics. Finally, paleography, for the most part related to new materials excavated by archaeologists or concerning the decipherment of a still-enigmatic writing system. The volume concludes with varia, among them a state-of-the-field treatment of research on divinatory arts in Dunhuang manuscripts that calls to mind Marc Kalinowski’s research on manuscripts with mantic content among the famous manuscripts found in Cave 17 at Dunhuang.

Marianne Bujard, Donald Harper et Li Guoqiang (eds)

with participation of Isabelle Ang, Charlotte Schmid et Olivier Venture

Paris, Collège de France, Institut des Hautes Études Chinoises (Hors Collection), 2023

ISBN 978-2-85757-082-0