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Chinese woodcut: Healing by invocation


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Woodcut from Jiangxueyuan gufang xuanzhu (An Annotated Selection of Ancient Prescriptions from the Crimson Snow Garden), published in 1737 (2nd year of the Qianlong reign period of the Qing dynasty) -- chart showing the significance of two stars, Tianshu (Dubhe, a UMa) and Tianxuan (Merak), for healing by invocation. Astrology was used to establish the causes of disease, in order to proceed to further prayers and sacrifices.

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PICTURE TITLE: Untitled. OTHER LETTERING: Invocations to two Celestial Powers: Tianshu (Dubhe, a UMa) and Tianxuan (Merak).

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