fù (覆)

this character may have been used instead of fù (復) in Língshū 47.2, as is done elsewhere in classical Chinese literature. Fù (復) means “to repeat or restore,” so making this substitution provides the common and easily reconciled rendition of that line; however, it does not reflect the meaning of fù (覆), which actually appears in Língshū 47.2; one historical commentary says: 覆、包也。Thus, fù (覆) means “to wrap (bāo (包)) and contain or store (zàng (藏)).” (see Commentary for more on interpreting this passage — on how yuán (原), yíng (營), and wèi (衛) operate as a group of three concepts in the classical Heaven-Human-Earth model.)

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