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    Chinese Calendar

    Question?

    Did the Chinese lunisolar calendar follow a 19-year cycle before Meton discovered it? (432 BC) Or did the Chinese understanding of it come later?

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    E.G. Richards Mapping Time:
    The Shang (fourteenth century BC) oracle bones also give evidence of a lunisolar calendar, which, much modified, persists to this day. This has a 12-month common year with a thirteenth intercalated from time to time.
    [...]For sure, from the seventh century BC, or before, the principle of intercalating seven months in a cycle of 19 years was established. This is, of course, the Metonic cycle. It is unknown whether the Chinese developed this independently or it reached them from India or Babylon or, for that matter, whether the Indians adopted it from the Chinese.
    Grant Hutchison

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    Thanks for that. Im sure Alexander would not have been pleased to know there was an empire on the other side of the hill, who had everything figured before he did.
    Last edited by Cyberseeker; 2017-Feb-24 at 04:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberseeker View Post
    Question?

    Did the Chinese lunisolar calendar follow a 19-year cycle before Meton discovered it? (432 BC) Or did the Chinese understanding of it come later?
    Yes, I think so, that was I read about the traditional Chinese Calendar lately.

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