Synopses & Reviews
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.
An illustrated introduction to the stories of deities, heroes and the origins of the universe that underpin traditional Chinese culture.
About the Author
Chen Lianshan is Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University, where he also completed his doctoral studies. He is director of teaching and research in Folk Literature and a board member of the China Folklore Society. Engaged in the research and teaching of Chinese folk literature for many years, he has published widely on the subject of ancient Chinese mythology.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The origin of the universe; 2. The origin of mankind; 3. Universe in myth; 4. Fuxi, the God of East Heaven; 5. Yandi, the God of South Heaven; 6. Emperor Huangdi, the God of Central Heaven; 7. Shaohao, the God of West Heaven and Zhuanxu, the God of North Heaven; 8. Myths in the era of Emperor Diku; 9. Myths and legends in the era of Yao; 10. Myths and legends in the era of Shun; 11. Myths and legends in the era of Dayu; 12. Other myths and legends; Appendix 1: major characters in Chinese myths and legends; Appendix 2: chronological table of the Chinese dynasties.