Guodian Chu Slips

The Guodian bamboo texts or texts from Guodian bamboo chuzeitlichen (Chinese郭店楚简, Pinyin Guodian Guodian Chǔjiǎn or Chujian ) were from grave No. 1 of the Guodian tombs in the village of Guodian (郭店 村) of the greater community Jishan (纪山in 1993 镇) of the circle Shayang (沙洋 县) of the prefecture-level city of Jingmen unearthed in the Hubei Province. The archaeological team is of the opinion that the grave should be dated to the second half of the period of the Warring States period ( mid 4th to early 3rd century BC). The lyrics were written before or around the time of the funeral on the bamboo slips.

The grave is in the cemetery complex of Jishan County, near the Jingmen City in the village of Guodian, and only 9 kilometers north of Ying away, the ancient capital of the State of Chu from 476 BC to 278 BC, before the state of Chu was overrun by the Qin. The grave and its contents were examined to determine the identity of the grave owner, an older aristocratic scholar and teacher of a royal prince. The prince was identified as Crown Prince Heng, who later became King Qingxiang of Chu was.

In total there are 804 bamboo slips out of this place, of whom 702 were described and 27 broken tablets with a total of 12072 characters. The bamboo slips consist of three main categories, which include the earliest authentic manuscripts of the Tao Te Ching, a chapter from the Book of Rites, and anonymous writings. After restoration, these texts were divided into eighteen sections, transcribed into standard Chinese and published under the title bamboo slips from the chuzeitlichen grave in Guodian ( Guodian Chu mu zhujian ) in May 1998. On the bamboo strips include The texts both Daoist and Confucian works one, many of them previously unknown, nevertheless, the discovery of these texts has delivered in the same grave of fresh research information for the study of the philosophical world of thought in ancient China. According to Gao Zheng from the Institute of Philosophy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences of the main part could be teaching material that was used by the Confucianist Si Meng scholars of Jixia Academy. Qu Yuan, who was sent as an envoy by Qi, she could have taken back with after Chu.