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He then placed three burning sticks of incense in the hollow; after twenty-five minutes he heard the first sound of cracking and heard two more crack sounds at the end of thirty-five minutes. When he turned the plastron over, the cracks were still not visible on the front, and they did not appear till the incense had been burning for fifty minutes. He noted that the oil in the shell around the hollows tended to burn, suggesting that the Shang must have dried their shells before use. He also noted that the cracks lost their visibility after five days (something noted by Hu Hsii [1782-1787], ch.
Presumably, when the place was not recorded, the divination took place in the ritual center at HsiaoI. Though the crack numbers and crack notations were inscribed, I shall, in the interests of clarity, limit the use of the word "inscription" to any combination of preface (and postface), charge, prognostication, and verification, that is, to those units which, singly or in combination, delimit one particular divination topic. The distinction is useful statistically since it enables us to count the number of inscriptions on an oracle bone without including the crack numbers or crack notations.
Forked cracks may be found on scapula fragments such as Menzies 2639 (based on direct observation). 5) suggests that, at least in the case of shell, the absence of the round chiseled hollows was not required for bifurcated cracks to form. 105. The question of how the cracks were read will be taken up in Studies. Shape alone was not th~ determining factor; see Chang Ping-ch'uan ( 1954). 106. Since the order in which the inscriptions were carved presumably approximated the order of burning, this section should be read in conjunction with sec.
Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook (2nd Edition) by Patricia Buckley Ebrey