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Shejing 射經

Mar 20, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

There were several books with the title Shejing 射經 "Book of archery", or Jiaoshejing 教射經 "Instructions for archery", most of which are lost. The oldest of these was written during the Tang-period 唐 (618-907) by Wang Ju 王璩 xxx. Fragments of it are included in the series Shuofu 說郛.

Song-period 宋 (960-1279) bibliographies list two books of this title, one with a length of 1 juan, and one with a length of 2 juan. The Southern Song-period 南宋 (1127-1279) scholar Wang Yinglin 王應麟 (1223-1296) says that the book Shejing was divided into two chapters, the first discussing the rules of the body (tifa 體法), and the second the power of the bow (gongli 弓力). A further, 3 juan-long book of this title is likewise recorded in the imperial bibliography Yiwen zhi 藝文志 (ch. 202-209) in the official dynastic history Songshi 宋史. These books seem to be lost.

The same source lists a book Shejing written by Zhang Zhongsu 張仲素 xxx, 3 juan long, which is lost. Tang Hao 唐豪 xxx, author of the bibliographical book Zhongguo wuyi tuji kao 中國武藝圖籍考, says that there was a book of this title written by the Jin-period 晉 (265-420) scholar Du Yu 杜預 (222-284) that is lost.

Zheng Qiao's 鄭樵 statecraft encyclopaedia Tongzhi 通志 lists a 4 juan-long anonymous Shejing that is also lost. Another, 4 juan-long Shejing, was written by Tian Yi 田逸 xxx. It is likewise lost. According to the bibliography Qianqingtang shumu 千頃堂書目, the Ming-period 明 (1368-1644) master Li Chengfen 李呈芬 xxx wrote a Shejing of 13 juan. It is quoted in the Xu shuofu 繼說郛 and the imperial encyclopaedia Gujin tushu jicheng 古今圖書集成.

Zhang Shan 張山, Pei Xirong 裴錫榮 (ed. 1994). Zhonghua wuyi da cidian 中華武藝大辭典, p. 330. Nanjing: Jiangsu kexue jishu chubanshe.