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Handbook of Chinese Mythology

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Every year, at the Wa Huang Gong temple in Hebei Province, China, people gather to worship the great mother, Nuwa, the oldest deity in Chinese myth, praising her for bringing them a happy life. It is a vivid demonstration of both the ancient reach and the continuing relevance of mythology in the lives of the Chinese people.
Compiled from ancient and scattered texts and bas
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 30th 2005)
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Beth Cato
Sep 13, 2013 Beth Cato rated it liked it
I read this for the sake of research. Despite a love of mythology, I admit that I'm fairly ignorant about Chinese folktales. One reason this book stood out to me is because it made an effort to go beyond Han mythology and represent some of China's 56 other ethnic groups. Many of the listings include various versions of the same tale or figure, as told by different ethnicities over different periods of time. Some of the source material hadn't been translated from Chinese previously. They also do ...more
Hal Johnson
Jun 16, 2015 Hal Johnson rated it it was ok
Shelves: mythology, china, pub-2005
This book does some things right -- it treats Chinese mythology as a series of interconnected traditions, as opposed to a monolith, and it keeps stressing that myth has both a living tradition as well as a historical/textual component -- but it is so very, very repetitive. This is in part a feature of the book’s presentation, with an alphabetical “dictionary” of mythical characters and concepts following the introductory material, but the repetition is extreme even for this format. For example, ...more
May 08, 2010 SOL 6 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great time reading the various myths and the diversity of culture that I never knew about China as a whole. It also has a study of the evolution over various periods of rulers and philosophies and the impact it had on suppression and revitalization of the creation stories of different regions. Fascinating.
Michelle Funk
Yang, L., An, D. & Turner, J.A. (2005). Handbook of Chinese mythology. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO LLC.

Citation By: Michelle Funk

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: 299.51113 YAN

Content Scope: With a focus on the Han Chinese people, this handbook offers information on Chinese deities, mythological places, plants, animals, and spirits.

Accuracy, Authority, and Bias: Publisher ABC-CLIO focuses on curriculum and print references, and is considered a leading and respected company for educatio
Handbook of Chinese mythology (2005). Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.

Citation by: Sheba Ramsey

Type of Reference: Handbook

Call Number: BL 1825.Y 355

Content/Scope: This reference tries to bridge the gap between Chinese myths written in Chinese language and the English language. This has been a serious problem in the past because some Chinese myths were written only in artifacts such as shells or bones, and some were only told orally. The main source for each myth is discussed and commonalities are pres
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