East Asian Library Special Collections: Chinese Almanac Collection

This collection includes representative examples of Chinese almanacs. It consists of a collection of information that includes astronomy, astrology, predictions, divination systems, fortune-telling, palmistry, physiognomy face-reading, dream interpretations, folklores, geomancy, pregnancy chart, charms, herbal medicine, moral teachings, etc.

The almanac is commonly called “Farmers’s calendar” because it contains essential information on seasons, weather, times of sowing and harvesting, etc. In Cantonese-speaking regions, it is also called “Tong Shu”, “Tong Sheng”, or “Tong Shun”.

This collection is placed in one box and kept in the East Asian Library special collection room. Professor Robert Hegel donated this collection to the library in 2014.

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