The longer my life is the harder is writing about what I truly think about man-woman relationships. Not of that I am tired mass media brainwashing any topic reporters can fetch but mainly the fact that young generation (my guess only) doesn’t feel elegance and mystery of ancient Chinese text the way I feel. Sad thing, right, but there is still a small trace of stuff worthy to think this evening, I mean three quotes from the second volume of Encyclopedia of Taoism. The author of this entry is Gil Raz, and he has some other publications on the topic.
Just let’s imagine for a couple of hours a woman who can teach a modern man ‘military, sexual, alchemical, and divination techniques’.
“Also known as Mysterious Woman of the Nine Heavens (Jiŭtiān Xuánnǚ 九天玄女) or Mysterious Woman, Damsel of the Nine Heavens (Jiŭtiān Xuánnǚ niángniang 九天玄女娘娘), the Mysterious Woman instructed the Yellow Emperor (Huángdì 黃帝) in military, sexual, alchemical, and divination techniques.” — Gil Raz.
“In relation to sexual practices (fángzhōng shū 房中書), the Mysterious Woman is usually mentioned with the Pure Woman (Sùnǚ 素女). While absent from the early manuals unearthed at Mawandui, their names are listed among the main sexual practitioners in post-Han sources, including the Baopu zi.”— Gil Raz.
My other guess today is we are still lucky having several wonderful examples of fángzhōng shū 房中書 from Mawandui findings. I mean my favorite sources of erotical fantasy: Hé Yīn Yáng 合陰陽 (Conjoining Yin and Yang), Shí Wèn 十問 (Ten Questions), and Tiānxià Zhìdào Tán 天下至道談 (Discourse on the Ultimate Way Under Heaven).
“Within numerological divination, the Mysterious Woman is particularly associated with the liùrén 六壬 method (see Kalinowski 1983; Kalinowski 1989—90, 91) based on the shì 式 (cosmic board, cosmograph), which is also known as Xuánnǚ shì 玄女式. — Gil Raz.
Unfortunately, I don’t feel myself familiar with this particular kind of divination, but that reminds me another source of divination technique—I Ching— and it looks much, much stronger to my taste.