The Magic Lotus Lantern and Other Tales from the Han Chinese

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Libraries Unlimited, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 239 pages
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Focusing specifically on the stories of the Han Chinese (the largest ethnic group in China, numbering over a billion people), this collection presents more than 50 tales, both well known and obscure--from Monkeys Fishing the Moon and The Butterfly Lovers to Painted Skin and Dragon Princess. These are stories that will enchant listeners of all ages, while providing a glimpse into Chinese traditions and ways of thought. To further enhance cultural understanding, the tales are supplemented with historical and cultural background, notes on storytelling, crafts and games, recipes, proverbs, color photos, a map, a glossary, and more.

In the past decades, the doors between China and the West have been flung open. Explosive economic growth and massive increases in travel and immigration have engendered curiosity and interest in this burgeoning nation. Yet modernization has a dark side too, threatening traditional Chinese culture, including stories and storytelling. This new gathering of stories from a variety of sources, captures the fading storytelling traditions of a vast and diverse country. Focusing specifically on the stories of the Han Chinese (the largest ethnic group in China, numbering over a billion people), the collection presents more than 50 tales, both well known and obscure--from Monkeys Fishing the Moon and The Butterfly Lovers to Dragon Princess and Painted Skin. These are stories that will enchant listeners of all ages, while providing a glimpse into Chinese traditions and ways of thought. Tales are organized into seven sections: Animal Tales; Tales of Magic, Love and Romance; Myths, Legends and Immortals; Moral Stories; How Things Came to Be; and Proverbial Tales. To further enhance cultural understanding, the stories are supplemented with historical and cultural background, notes on storytelling and other folk traditions, recipes, proverbs, color photos, a map, a glossary, and more. All grade levels.

 

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Contents

Land
3
PEOPLE
5
LANGUAGES
8
HISTORY
10
RELIGION
14
CUSTOMS
17
MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS
20
FINE ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE
24
Tales of Love and Romance
92
THE BUTTERFLY LOVERS
93
A FORSAKEN WIFE AND HER UNFAITHFUL HUSBAND
97
A PEACOCK FLYING SOUTHEAST
101
COWHERD AND WEAVING GIRL
105
MEMO JIANG WAILS AT THE GREAT WALL
108
A ROMANCE OF ZHANG GONG AND CUI YINGYING
112
XU XUAN AND HIS WHITESNAKE WIFE
115

LITERATURE
27
STORYTELLING IN CHINA
30
Food Games and Crafts
33
Food
35
Jiaozi Dumplings
36
Hongzao niangao New Years Cake with Dates
38
Laba zhou The Twelfth Month Congee
39
Zongzi Dumplings in Bamboo or Reed Leaves
40
Zhima shaobing Sesame Cake
41
Yuanxiao Rice Dumplings
42
Dandanmian Sichuan Noodle
43
Yuebing Moon Cake
44
Ban douya Bean Sprout Salad
45
Suanlatang Hot and Sour Soup
46
Jiang niurou Multiflavored Beef
48
Fanqie chao jidan StirFried Tomato and Egg
49
Additional Readings
50
GAMES
51
Laoying zhuo xiaoji Eagle and Chicks
52
Tiaoma Horse Jumping
53
Zhuangguai Leg Bumping
54
Additional Readings
55
CRAFTS
56
Cutting a Chinese Knot
57
Tying a Chinese Knot
58
Folding a Chinese Boat
59
Additional Reading
60
The Tales
61
Animal Tales
62
A FROG IN A WELL
64
A POX AND A TIGERWHO IS THE REAL KING OF THE JUNGLE?
65
A TIGER THAT FIRST SEES A DONKEY
66
WOLF MOTHER
67
A MONKEY AND A TIGER
69
Magic Tales
72
A BEAUTY ON A PAINTING SCROLL
75
THE FIELDSNAIL FAIRY
78
DRAGON PRINCESS
80
THE MAGIC LOTUS LANTERN
83
MONKEY KING AND THE IRON FAN PRINCESS
86
A CRICKET BOY
89
Myths Legends and Immortals
118
GUANYIN GODDESS OF MERCY
119
MAZU MOTHER GODDESS OF THE SEA
122
A DANCING CRANE
125
EIGHT IMMORTALS CROSSING THE SEA
127
BAO ZHENG AND THE FOX FAIRY
131
MULAN FIGHTS IN THE GUISE OF A MALE SOLDIER
135
WOMEN GENERALS OF THE YANG FAMILY AND COMMANDERINCHIEF MU GUIYING
138
GUN AND YU CONQUER THE DELUGE
142
Moral Tales
145
A COMPASSIONATE SCHOLAR AND AN UNGRATEFUL WOLF
146
PAINTED SKIN
149
MONKEY KING STRIKES THE WHITEBONE DEMON THREE TIMES
152
A FOOLISH OLD MAN TRIES TO REMOVE TWO MOUNTAINS
157
THE TWIN SISTERS AND THE MAGIC MALAN FLOWER
158
A MAN WITH A DOGS LEG
161
Tales of How Things Came to Be
164
THE ORIGIN OF HUMAN BEINGS
165
THE ORIGIN OF CHINESE NEW YEAR AND ITS CUSTOMS
167
THE ORIGIN OF THE TWELVE ZODIAC ANIMALS
170
THE ORIGIN OP THE DUANWU FESTIVAL
171
THE ORIGIN OF THE MIDAUTUMN FESTIVAL
173
THE ORIGIN OF KITCHEN GOD AND THE JIZAO FESTIVAL
175
Proverbial Tales
178
A PROFESSED DRAGON LOVER
179
NUMBER IS SECURITY
180
FORGOT HOW TO WALK BACK HOME
182
WAITING FOR A RABBIT TO BUMP INTO A TREE
183
FISHING FOR A SWORD DROPPED INTO A RIVER FROM A MOVING BOAT
184
NO SYCEE BURIED HERE BUT THREE HUNDRED LIANG
185
THE INVINCIBLE SPEAR VERSUS THE IMPENETRABLE SHIELD
186
A SMILE WORTH A THOUSAND OUNCES OF GOLD
187
REDUCING AN IRON ROD TO A SEWING NEEDLE
188
AN UNFOLDED MAP REVEALS A DAGGER
190
A KING WHO EATS BITTER
191
CHINESE PROVERBS
193
MOTIFS AND TALE SOURCES
199
GLOSSARY
217
REFERENCES
223
INDEX
227
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Haiwang Yuan is Associate Professor, Department of Library Public Services, and Web Site & Virtual Library Coordinator, Western Kentucky University. He is also Adjunct Instructor of Chinese, Department of Modern Languages and Multicultural Studies. A native of China, Mr. Yuan maintains a Web site, a large portion of which is devoted to Chinese traditionas and folktales. He has published widely in professional journals, and is a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (2004). He is the recipient of the 1999 Kentucky Libraries Award.

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