An Ancient Chinese Village Built in Eight Trigrams Military Formation

This is Village of Eight Trigrams located in Lanxi, Zhejiang Province in China’s east coastal region.

In the centre, there is a Taichi-shaped pond surrounded by village houses arranged in eight groups as an Inner Eight Trigrams.

Around the village in a short distance, eight hills form an Outer Eight Trigrams.

A Taichi core together with the inner and the outer Eight Trigrams have shaped a mysterious Eight Trigrams Military Formation (八卦阵) allegedly created and utilized by legendary Zhuge Liang of Three Kingdoms Period in the 3rd century.

The paving footpath and the houses around the Taichi pond in Eight Trigrams village.

Eight Trigrams Formation is the military application of I Ching, the theoretical foundation of Chinese culture that explains the cause, the structure and the development of universe and the relationship between the people and the universe.

I Ching is expressed by eight groups of three lines, either broken (yin) or non-broken (yang), and eight groups can have 64 different configurations, representing 64 principle situations in the reality.

The core concept of Eight Trigrams Military Formation is the eight pathways to eight gates, standing for Life, Death, Injury, Recover, Opening, Blockage, Spectacle and Shocking. And the key to win a battle with this formation is to be able to assign correct traits to the gates in the right direction at the right time.

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