On One of Tom's Sources
- I've recently acquired the book to which Tom has referred on several
occasions, and can provide some information about it. The work in question
is Richard Craze's _I Ching: Book and Card Pack_. It's a small book, and
comes with a deck of 64 hexagram cards, which most of the book is spent
explaining. For someone unfamiliar with I Ching (as I was), it's very good.
As a source of reliable historical information, however, its use is limited.
For one thing, there's no information at all given about the author. We
don't know his area of expertise - or even if 'Richard Craze' is a real name
or a pseudonym. He does have four short pages on "History of the I Ching",
but most of that is consumed by pictures and an explanation of how Yin and
Yang lines are combined to form trigrams. In the remaining space, he
conflates I Ching with Taoism and doesn't mention Lao Tsu at all. Overall,
then, I'd say that this particular book isn't a reliable source of
historical information - which after all wasn't the author's purpose in
writing the book in the first place. For reliable historical information
about Taoism and the I Ching (which are NOT the same thing), one has to turn
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