Handbook of Chinese Mythology

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Social Science - 293 pages
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An informative work of historical and contemporary Chinese myths, including a useful collection of historical documents, detailing myths as they live and change in China today.

* Primary source documents include translations of important historical records on Chinese myths, excerpts from national sources collected since the 1980s (unique to an English-language book), plus contemporary research from the authors' field research and the research of other Chinese scholars

* 30-40 illustrations from the Ming dynasty edition of Shan Hai Jing (The Classic of Mountains and Seas), plus 10-15 photos from the authors' personal collections and field research, including the new statue built in honor of Nuwa in northern China, people gathered at a contemporary temple fair, women dancers at the Renzu Temple, and more

 

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I read this for the sake of research. Despite a love of mythology, I admit that I'm fairly ignorant about Chinese folktales. One reason this book stood out to me is because it made an effort to go ... Read full review

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Page 4 - I have suggested and which seems to be rather well agreed upon is that myth has to do with the gods and their actions, with creation, and with the general nature of the universe and of the earth.

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About the author (2005)

Lihui Yang, PhD, is associate professor of folklore and mythology at the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Deming An, PhD, is associate professor of folklore at the Institute of Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.

Jessica Anderson Turner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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