Dragon Bones - Jan Fries
Subtitled Ritual, Myth & Oracle in Shang Period China, this is a masterful original study of divinatory practices of Shang Dynasty China (16th-11th century BCE) in particular the dragon bone oracle. He looks at not only the oracle itself but its cultural context, looking at historical accounts, myths, textual sources and practical meditations . The book also includes an extensive glossary of terms, and a wide selection of oracle bone inscriptions translated by the author. This is a fantastic book for both dedicated sinologists and for the occult-inclined reader wanting to find out more about early Chinese magical and divinatory practices,
London: Avalonia, 2013. Hardback with dustjacket. 836 pages. New.