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I Ching : The book of changes

The I Ching, also known as the Book of Changes, is an ancient Chinese divination text and one of the oldest books in the world. Its origins are believed to date back to the second millennium BCE, and it has been a fundamental aspect of Chinese culture for thousands of years.

The I Ching is a system of divination that uses hexagrams, which are six-line figures made up of stacked lines that can be either solid (representing yang) or broken (representing yin). These hexagrams are created by throwing coins or yarrow stalks and then interpreting the resulting pattern of lines.

In addition to its use as a divination tool, the I Ching also contains a philosophical and cosmological system that has had a significant impact on Chinese thought. It is based on the idea of change and the interplay between yin and yang, which are seen as complementary forces that give rise to all things in the universe.