Babylon 10
The world's best online dictionary

Download it's free

Definition of I ching (i ging, yi king, book of change, book of changes, book of metamorphoses)

I ching (i ging, yi king, book of change, book of changes, book of metamorphoses) Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Dictionary of Alternative-Medicine Methods
Chinese book of ancient origin that is considered a means of fortunetelling. It is part of the canon of Confucianism, the quasireligious philosophy that dominated China until the early twentieth century. "I Ching" combines two Mandarin words: yi, which means "divination," and jing, which means "classic" or "book." The I Ching features sixty-four hexagrams--drawings consisting of six lines each--which symbolize supposedly quintessential conditions, such as happiness, humility, innocence, and tranquillity.