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In this fascinating and comprehensive collection of Chinese myths and legends, E. T. C. Werner drew upon material readily available to him as a member of the Chinese government's' Historiographical Bureau in Peking. A former barrister and British consul in Foochow, Werner presents a wealth of information illuminating the ideas and beliefs that governed the daily lives of the Chinese people long before the revolutions of the 20th century.
Offering a provocative glimpse into a world dominated by traditional rules of etiquette and inhabited by demons, dragon-gods, and spirits, the volume opens with an introductory chapter on the origins of the Chinese people. In succeeding chapters, Mr. Werner's readable, well-illustrated text considers the gods of China and myths of stars, thunder, lightning, wind and rain; of water and fire; of epidemics, medicine, and exorcism; as well as tales about the goddess of mercy, the guardian of the gate of heaven, accounts of how the Monkey became a god, and much more.In addition, 32 striking illustrations depict such traditional deities as the Spirit That Clears the Way, civilian and military Door Gods, the Kitchen-God, Dragon-Gods, the Gods of Happiness, Office, and Longevity, and others.Engrossing and informative, Myths and Legends of China will appeal not only to lovers of folklore but to anyone interested in Chinese art, culture, or philosophy.
Highly readable, well-illustrated compilation includes myths about the gods of China, stars, water, and fire as well as tales about the goddess of mercy, the guardian of the gate of heaven, and other legends. 32 illustrations.
Tales about the gods of China, stars, water and fire, the goddess of mercy, the guardian of the gate of heaven, more. 32 illus.
This highly readable and well-illustrated compilation includes fascinating Chinese myths about gods, stars, water, fire, plus tales about the goddess of mercy, the guardian of the gate of heaven, and many other legends. Features 32 lovely illustrations.
Highly readable, well-illustrated compilation includes myths about the gods of China, stars, water, fire, tales about the goddess of mercy, the guardian of the gate of heaven, other legends. 32 illustrations.
Table of Contents
I. THE SOCIOLOGY OF THE CHINESE
II. ON CHINESE MYTHOLOGY
III. COSMOGONY - P'AN KU AND THE CREATION MYTH
IV. THE GODS OF CHINA
V. MYTHS OF THE STARS
VI. "MYTHS OF THUNDER, LIGHTING, WIND, AND RAIN"
VII. MYTHS OF THE WATERS
VIII. MYTHS OF FIRE
IX. "MYTHS OF EPIDEMICS, MEDICINE, EXORCISM, ETC."
X. THE GODDESS OF MERCY
XI. THE EIGHT IMMORTALS
XII. THE GUARDIAN OF THE GATE OF HEAVEN
XIII. A BATTLE OF THE GODS
XIV. HOW THE MONKEY BECAME A GOD
XV. FOX LEGENDS
XVI. MISCELLANEOUS LEGENDS
GLOSSARY AND INDEX