9780521186797

Chinese Myths and Legends

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521186797

  • ISBN10:

    052118679X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/19/2011
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

Myths and legends can be seen to represent a repository of the wisdom and imagination of our ancestors. Chinese Myths and Legends introduces the stories of deities, heroes and the origins of the universe that underpin the spirit of traditional Chinese culture. Utilising a variety of ancient Chinese sources, Chen Lianshan examines the origin and development of myths and legends in China, including both well-known and less familiar traditions, and compares these traditions to the mythology of the ancient western world.

Table of Contents

Preface
The origin of the universe
The origin of mankind
Universe in myth
Fuxi, the God of East Heaven
Yandi, the God of South Heaven
Emperor Huangdi, the God of Central Heaven
Shaohao, the God of West Heaven and Zhuanxu, the God of North Heaven
Myths in the era of Emperor Diku
Myths and legends in the era of Yao
Myths and legends in the era of Shun
Myths and legends in the era of Dayu
Other myths and legends
major characters in Chinese myths and legends
chronological table of the Chinese dynasties
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