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A Chinese Bestiary: Strange Creatures from the Guideways through Mountains and Seas

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A Chinese Bestiary presents a fascinating pageant of mythical creatures from a unique and enduring cosmography written in ancient China. The Guideways through Mountains and Seas, compiled between the fourth and first centuries b.c.e., contains descriptions of hundreds of fantastic denizens of mountains, rivers, islands, and seas, along with minerals, flora, and medicine. T ...more
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published January 29th 2003 by University of California Press (first published June 17th 2002)
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Bjorn Larsen
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I'll readily admit that this one was a vanity project. This book is comprised of a fascinating introduction and commentary on an English translation of an ancient - and I mean ancient - Chinese classic, the Shanhaijing - variously translated as the Mountain and Seas Classic, or the Guideways through Mountains and Seas. Portions of the text have been extant since the 4th century BC, but the subject matter dates back to the Shang and prehistoric and possibly mythic Xia dynasties. It also includes ...more
Mel
I'm honestly a little torn on whether or not to give this three of four stars. There were some really great things about it and some really annoying things. The great thing was that it had ALL the 16th century illustrations for the Classic of mountain and seas. It consisted of an introduction and discussion of the book, and then a translation of certain passages (the ones that had illustrations) and then a commentary on each. If you can't read Chinese this is probably a good way to access the bo ...more
Travis Mueller
Jan 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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I searched out this book because it is often cited as a source at abookofcreatures.com, a regularly-updated art blog bestiary. The creatures derived from it are interesting and are quite different from the usual sorts of monsters cited in the European tradition. Unfortunately, the easiest access to it was through interlibrary loan and I only got to have it a short time. There is an extensive introduction that I skipped, instead reading through the translation of the original text and accompanyin ...more
Helmut
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Schöne Aufbereitung von Illustrationen zum Shan Hai Jing

Dieser sehr schön aufgemachte Band ist eine hervorragende Ergänzung zu vollständigen Übersetzungen des Shan Hai Jing (wie bspw. von Anne Birrell, The Classic of Mountains and Seas). Im Gegensatz zu den kompletten Übersetzungen kommen in diesem Band insbesondere die Illustrationen zur Geltung; allerdings sind eben nur relevante Textpassagen vorhanden. Deutlich wissenschaftlicher im Ansatz als bspw. Birrell, mit ausführlich kommentierten Text
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