3 Epochs

Three Epochs/Principles (San Yuan [San-yuan]) Shang Yuan [Shang-yuan] : ruled first six moons (winter and spring) Xia Yuan [Hsia-yuan] : ruled 7th and 8th moons (summer) Zhong Yuan [Chung-yuan] : ruled 9th thru 11th moons (fall) http://www.edepot.com/taointro.html Shan Yuan, Xia Yuan, Zhong Yuan Historically: These three epochs, which represent the normative pattern for all future dynasties, were equated with the Hsia dynasty (2205-1766 B.C.), the Shang dynasty (1766-1122 B.C.) and the Chou dynasty (1122-221 B.C.), the three dynasties together representing one cycle in the evolution of history. www.christendom-awake.org/pages/dlancash/chineseworks/ConfucianHistory.pdf