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He points out in his conclusion that only three treatises - those on pitchpipes, the calendar, and sacrifices - can be considered "pure historiography," while all the others are to a certain degree "systematizing texts.
On the other hand, Sima Biao was able to be objective in writing treatises on pitchpipes, the calendar, and sacrifices because for them there was no overwhelming interpretative model - like the five-phases theory.
However, the association of the twelve musical pitchpipes with weapons, asserted in the Shih chi passage that he then goes on to quote, has nothing to do with the use of these same pitchpipes to detect the monthly arrival of the yin and yang ethers when "watching for the ethers.