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Translation and annotation of <Zhougong zhi Qinwu(周公之琴舞)> in Tsinghua Bamboo Slips

Lee Yeon Ju 1 張崇禮 2

1강원대학교
2中國北華大學

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Zhougong zhi Qinwu(<周公之琴舞>) is one of the ten old documents contained in the 3rd release of Tsinghua Bamboo Slips(清华简) - a collection of Chinese texts dating to the Warring States period that were acquired in 2008 by Tsinghua University. It contains 19 newly discovered poems (across 10 chapters) of the pre-Qin period by Zhougong(周公) and King Cheng(成王), among which one is almost identifical to an ode in the Zhou Hymns(<周頌>) section of the Book of Odes(《詩經》). And it shows a complete form of a movement of music and has notes like “啓(opening)” and “亂(ending)”. This papers introduces the content and meaning of Zhougong zhi Qinwu(<周公之琴舞>) and makes an exergesis of it. Zhougong zhi Qinwu(<周公之琴舞>) is a very important document in studying the tradition of music and dance of the pre-Qin period. In addition, its discovery lets us to recognize anew the use of Hymns in the Book of Odes and its relation with music and dance, while directing our attention again to Sima Qian's claim that the Book of Odes was compiled by Confucius.

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