Lihui Yang, Deming An, Jessica Anderson Turner's Handbook of Chinese Mythology (World Mythology) PDF

By Lihui Yang, Deming An, Jessica Anderson Turner

Compiled from historical and scattered texts and according to revelatory new study, Handbook of chinese language Mythology is the main complete English-language paintings at the topic ever written from an completely chinese language perspective.

This paintings specializes in the Han chinese language humans yet levels around the complete ethnic spectrum of old and glossy China, displaying how key myths persevered and developed over the years. a short reference part covers all significant deities, spirits, and demigods, in addition to vital areas (Kunlun Mountain), legendary animals and vegetation (the crow with 3 ft; Fusang tree), and appurtenances (Xirang—a type of legendary soil; Bu Si Yao—mythical drugs for lengthy life). No different paintings captures so good what chinese language mythology ability to the folks who lived and proceed to dwell their lives through it.

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The second part of this ritual is a chant of the history of the nomadic movement of the ancestors, which aims to tell the soul how to travel to meet the ancestors. So the creation epic chanted in funeral rites functions to direct the dead soul toward the ancestors and remind the living that death is not terrible but is a way to leave this world and live in another land with the divine ancestors. 42 A third ritual in which myths appear is the wedding. Lan Ke reported how creation myths were told in a wedding ceremony in 1974 in a Jingpo village in Yunnan Province of southwest China.

Therefore, he presumes that this type originated from Han people and was transmitted primarily by Hans. 2. The Thunder God’s revenge induced the flood. This subtype states that two brothers, the Thunder God and the ancestor of humans (his name differs in different texts), often quarreled with each other. One day, the human ancestor caught the Thunder God. But when he went out, his two young children (a brother and his sister; their names differ in different texts) set the god free. Before the Thunder God went back to heaven, he sent the siblings one of his teeth (or sometimes a seed of a gourd or pumpkin) and told them there would be a huge flood and they should do what they were told.

These myths came from earlier written literature, but sometimes they also took their sources from popular living tradition. For instance, the myth of the Shang founder Qi says that Jiandi is a daughter of the Yousong clan and is the second concubine of Di Ku. One day, when she went out to bathe with Di Ku, she saw a swallow dropping an egg. She picked it up and swallowed it. Then she inexplicably became pregnant, and later gave birth to Qi. Compared to the earlier two texts appearing in Shijing (The Classic of Poetry, compiled in or before 500 BC) and “Tianwen,” the story in Shiji is more complete and contains several details that cannot be found in the former two texts.

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