I-ching Methods and Meaning




What is I-ching
Everything you need to know about I-ching - history, philosophy, structure, content and method of consultation

Oracle of Changes
Oracle or tool of predicting future events

I-ching Online
Free online reading device

Learn about hexagrams, meaning and methods

I-ching resources: sites, texts, versions and more...

I-ching Symbols
Hexagrams, coins and more...

I-ching programs for your desktop
to other Internet resources related to the I-ching


You are here: Home > I-ching > History > Fu Hsi

Who was Fu Hsi

Fu Hsi was a mythical Chinese emperor who was credited with the invention of I-ching.

He would have reigned between 2852-2737 or 2952-2836 BCE. He would came to life as a divine being with a serpent body.

Fu Hsi picture
Sometimes he is represented as a leaf-wreathed head growing out of a mountain with the table of trigrams in front of him.

He is the acknowledged inventor of the eight trigrams (pa-kua) which form the core of the I-ching hexagrams (kua).

    One story relates that Fu Hsi observed a certain pattern on the back of a turtle coming out of the river. His elaboration upon his observations formed the Trigrams. Another version of the origins of the Trigrams is that Fu Hsi noticed three burning logs in a campfire and the pattern they were forming. Upon observation of another angle of the campfire, a different pattern combination emerged. Fu Hsi, inspired by the possibilities, thus formed the Trigrams. (http://www.pakua.org/knowledge/I-Ching.htm)

Fu Hsi also domesticated animals, taught his people to cook, to fish with nets, and to hunt with weapons made of iron. He likewise instituted marriage and offered the first open-air sacrifice to heaven.

He was husband of Nu-kua


Provides free support for your I-ching answers and hints to approach their meaning!!!

© 1999-2017, Way of Perfect Emptiness. All rights reserved.