What are Bi-discs?
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What are Bi-discs?
The original function and significance of the Bi are unknown, as the Neolithic cultures have left no written history. From these earliest times they were buried with the dead, as a sky symbol, accompanying the dead into the after world or "sky", with the cong which connected the body with the earth.[ They were placed ceremonially on the body in the grave of persons of high social status. Bi are sometimes found near the stomach and chest in neolithic burials.
Jade, like Bi-disks, has been used throughout Chinese history to indicate an individual of moral quality, and has also served as an important symbol of rank. They were used in worship and ceremony – as ceremonial items they symbolized the ranks of emperor, king, duke, marquis, viscount, and baron with four different kweis and two different bi disks.
In war during the Zhou dynasty period (11th to 250 bc), Bi-disks belonging to the leaders of the defeated forces were handed over to the victor as a sign of submission.
In the emperial palace in Beijing, there is a giant jade Bi-disc in the emperors garden, in front of which one could mediate. There is suggestion that energy flows around the disc and through the hole in the middle and as such is used for meditative purposes.
Nowadays, the Bi-disc can be made of first class jade with laboriously cra
fted surface. The type of jade and the crafting is especially important for the Chinese. For Westerners, these Bi-discs can be used purely for decorative purposes. They are now usually made of natural (and sometimes colored) stone: jade, marble or soapstone. We can place them on the wall, frame them, or we can put them on a metal base and combine these with objects of other materials and form. This way they enforce each other and form a beautiful still-life.