The Piece of “Qi Ye” in the Bamboo Slips at Qinghua University and Interpretation of Related Words in The Book of Songs: with the Discussion of Establishing the Scientific Interpretation System of The Book of Songs
Abstract: Referring to the meaning of the character qi in The Book of Songs and the military dance “Staying Overnight” (Wu Suye), the theme of piece “Qi Ye” in the bamboo slips at Qinghua University should be defined as the “pacifying night”. The characters of yu (聿), yu (矞), yuan (员), and yun (云) involved in the text and notes of “Qi Ye” are not auxiliary words indicating mood in The Book of Songs, but emerge as notional words, in which the former two indicate swift, and the latter two indicate the downward acts and changes. Besides, yun also indicates the discourse expression. To make textual research and interpretation of related words, as well as find out their exact meanings in contexts, is not only the indispensable foundation in establishing the scientific interpretation system of The Book of Songs, but also the issue to break through in the studies of bamboo and silk documents.