China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
The “Memoirs of the Diviners of Lucky Days” (Rizhe liezhuan) is one of the ten texts from the Grand Scribe’s Records already lost by the time of Ban Gu (32 – 92) from the Eastern Han. The text that is currently extant is usually regarded by scholars as a later composition, though there are different opinions on whether it was done in whole or in part. What I will attempt in this paper is sort through the various opinions and propose my own explanation. I will also test the view that this text was composed by Chu Shaosun (circa 104 – 30 B.C.E.) by reference to several prognostications from newly excavated “Day Books” (rishu) of the Qin and Han.