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Handbook Of Chinese Mythology

Author : Lihui Yang
ISBN : 9780195332636
Genre : Social Science
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Every year, at the Wa Huang Gong temple in Hebei Province, China, people gather to worship the great mother, Nuwa, the oldest deity in Chinese myth, praising her for bringing them a happy life. It is a vivid demonstration of both the ancient reach and the continuing relevance of mythology in the lives of the Chinese people. Compiled from ancient and scattered texts and based on groundbreaking new research, Handbook of Chinese Mythology is the most comprehensive English-language work on the subject ever written from an exclusively Chinese perspective. This work focuses on the Han Chinese people but ranges across the full spectrum of ancient and modern China, showing how key myths endured and evolved over time. A quick reference section covers all major deities, spirits, and demigods, as well as important places (Kunlun Mountain), mythical animals and plants (the crow with three feet; Fusang tree), and related items (Xirang-a kind of mythical soil; Bu Si Yao-mythical medicine for long life). No other work captures so well what Chinese mythology means to the people who lived and continue to live their lives by it. With more than 40 illustrations and photographs, fresh translations of primary sources, and insight based on the authors' own field research, Handbook of Chinese Mythology offers an illuminating account of a fascinating corner of the world of myth.
Category: Social Science

Chinese Mythology

Author : Anne Birrell
ISBN : 0801861837
Genre : History
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In Chinese Mythology, Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts, many of which have never before been translated into any Western language. Organizing the narratives according to themes and motifs common to world mythology, Birrell addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textural variants, multiforms, and context. Drawing on exhaustive work in comparative mythology, she surveys the development of Chinese myth studies, summarizes the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s, and examines special aspects of traditional approaches to Chinese myth. The result is an unprecedented guide to the study of Chinese myth for specialists and nonspecialists alike.
Category: History

Chinese Mythology

Author : Sandra Giddens
ISBN : 1404207694
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Provides a brief history of Chinese history and religion, describes the gods and goddesses of Chinese mythology, and presents several myths.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Chinese Mythology

Author : Michael V. Uschan
ISBN : 9781420512175
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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Readers are introduced to the elaborate mythology of ancient China. This book provides detailed discussion of the mythology's importance to its own culture and the impact it had on subsequent cultures. The numerous deities worshipped by the ancient Chinese are described and their importance to different groups and in different regions within the empire are explained. Stories are retold along with explanation of how they reflect the values and concerns of Chinese culture.
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Chinese Mythology

Author : Jim Ollhoff
ISBN : 1617147184
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Collects stories from ancient Chinese mythology, including the creation of the world, the story of the Yellow Emperor, and the importance of dragons who would intervene to help the Chinese people.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Chinese Mythology

Author : Tom Daning
ISBN : 1404234004
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Explains, in graphic novel format, the Chinese myth of the four dragons.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Understand Chinese Mythology

Author : Te Lin
ISBN : 9781444163513
Genre : History
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While dragons and Chinese astrology are well embedded in popular culture, many other fascinating Chinese myths remain little-known. In this fascinating and readable new edition, author Te Lin explores the world of Chinese mythology, both telling us the timeless stories, and providing an explanation of what they may mean. A must-read for anyone interested in either Chinese culture, or mythology generally.
Category: History

What We Get From Chinese Mythology

Author : Katie Marsico
ISBN : 9781631889431
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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This book introduces readers to Chinese mythology, presents legendary characters and stories, and shows how Chinese myths have influenced our culture. Readers are engaged with historical content while sharpening their skills at analyzing images and identifying evidence.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Flood Myths Of Early China The

Author : Mark Edward Lewis
ISBN : 9780791482223
Genre : History
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Explores how the flood myths of early China provided a template for that society's major social and political institutions.
Category: History

Culture And Cosmos In Chinese Mythology

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ISBN : OCLC:1181853080
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Begin your journey into the mythology of Asia and the Pacific with the story of Fu Xi, which illustrates a profound truth about both Chinese society and the mythology of the Pacific Rim: culture and human relations come first. See how the importance of social networks, the omnipresence of water, and the value of sacrifice comprise the three key motifs of the myths of this region.

Early Chinese Religion Part One Shang Through Han 1250 Bc 220 Ad 2 Vols

Author : John Lagerwey
ISBN : 9789004168350
Genre : Religion
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Together, and for the first time in any language, the 24 essays gathered in these volumes provide a composite picture of the history of religion in ancient China from the emergence of writing ca. 1250 BC to the collapse of the first major imperial dynasty in 220 AD. It is a multi-faceted tale of changing gods and rituals that includes the emergence of a form of “secular humanism” that doubts the existence of the gods and the efficacy of ritual and of an imperial orthodoxy that founds its legitimacy on a distinction between licit and illicit sacrifices. Written by specialists in a variety of disciplines, the essays cover such subjects as divination and cosmology, exorcism and medicine, ethics and self-cultivation, mythology, taboos, sacrifice, shamanism, burial practices, iconography, and political philosophy. Produced under the aegis of the Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine (UMR 8155) and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris).
Category: Religion

China Japan Korea

Author : Ju Brown
ISBN : 9781419648939
Genre : Cooking
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This unique guide and reference book covers a wide range of topics and cultural issues pertaining to East Asia.
Category: Cooking

Ritual And Mythology Of The Chinese Triads

Author : B. J. Ter Haar
ISBN : 9004110631
Genre : Social Science
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The extensive ritual and mythological lore of the Chinese Triads form the scope of the new title in Brill's monograph series Sinica Leidensia. The author evaluates the extant sources and introduces several little used Triad manuals, as well as a wealth of contextual information. Triad lore is placed in its own religious and cultural context, allowing radically new conclusions about its origins, meanings and functions. Readership: Those interested in late imperial China's social and religious history, Chinese Triads, local ritual traditions, charter myths, as well as anthropologists, Asian administrators and overseas Chinese, and martial arts practitioners.
Category: Social Science

Myths And Legends Of China

Author : E. T. C. Werner
ISBN : 9781775414407
Genre : Literary Collections
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The West's first encounters with the folk tales and myths of the East proved to be a heady experience, as they were based on an entirely different value system and worldview than those that are reflected in the Greek myths and most subsequent Western folk tales. In Myths and Legends of China, author E.T.C. Werner offers up a rich tapestry of Chinese folk narratives. A must-read for fans of world myths, fairy tales, and legends.
Category: Literary Collections

Essential Chinese Mythology

Author : Martin Palmer
ISBN : UVA:X004106845
Genre : Literary Collections
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Discusses the myths and gods of ancient China and their sources.
Category: Literary Collections

Faith Myth And Reason In Han China

Author : Michael Loewe
ISBN : 0872207560
Genre : Social Science
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In his classic study of the cultural history of Han China, Michael Loewe uses both archaeological discoveries and written records to sketch the conceptual background of various artifacts of the Han period, and shows how ancient Chinese thought is as much informed by mythology as it is dependent on reason. Originally published as Chinese Ideas of Life and Death: Faith, Myth and Reason in the Han Period (202 BC-AD 220), this edition includes a new Preface that discusses relevant discoveries made since the first publication and an updated list of other works on relevant topics.
Category: Social Science

Exploring The Life Myth And Art Of Ancient China

Author : Edward L. Shaughnessy
ISBN : 9781435856172
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Describes the art, religion, history, daily life, and rituals of ancient China.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Divination Mythology And Monarchy In Han China

Author : Michael Loewe
ISBN : 0521454662
Genre : History
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An examination of the links between religion and statecraft and how they affected the concept of monarchy during the Han dynasty.
Category: History

The Ghost Festival In Medieval China

Author : Stephen F. Teiser
ISBN : 0691026777
Genre : Religion
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Largely unstudied until now, the religious festivals that attracted Chinese people from all walks of life provide the most instructive examples of the interaction between Chinese forms of social life and the Indian tradition of Buddhism. Stephen Teiser examines one of the most important of such annual celebrations. He provides a comprehensive interpretation of the festivities of the seventh lunar month, in which laypeople presented offerings to Buddhist monks to gain salvation for their ancestors. Teiser uncovers a wide range of sources, many translated or analyzed for the first time in any language, to demonstrate how the symbolism, rituals, and mythology of the ghost festival pervaded the social landscape of medieval China.
Category: Religion