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China's Creation and Origin Myths: Cross-cultural Explorations in Oral and Written Traditions
     

China's Creation and Origin Myths: Cross-cultural Explorations in Oral and Written Traditions

by Mineke Schipper (Editor), Shuxian Ye (Editor), Hubin Yin (Editor)
 

How did the world begin? How were the first people created and which specific roles were they supposed to play in the cosmos? Like other mythologies worldwide, China’s creation and origin myths explain how man created order out of chaos and imposed culture on nature. Cross-cultural approaches to myth make us aware of the limitations of our own familiar

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How did the world begin? How were the first people created and which specific roles were they supposed to play in the cosmos? Like other mythologies worldwide, China’s creation and origin myths explain how man created order out of chaos and imposed culture on nature. Cross-cultural approaches to myth make us aware of the limitations of our own familiar classifications. This book makes a provocative case for the comparative study of the hidden treasures of China’s oral and written myth traditions in different languages and cultures, a legacy generously left behind by singers, storytellers, poets, and writers. This book opens new doors to the study of Chinese mythologies, a surprising and so far almost unknown world outside China.

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"This is a book of ambitious breadth of scope, and clearly reflects the energy and enthusiasm of a discipline only now really re-establishing itself in the Chinese context...the book is attractively presented and is a significant addition to the Brill 'Religion in Chinese Societies' series."
Peter Harris, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 15.1 (June 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004194854
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Religion in Chinese Societies Series
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Mineke Schipper, Ph.D. (1973) in Comparative Literature, Free University Amsterdam, is Professor of Intercultural Literary Studies at Leiden University in The Netherlands. She is the author of numerous books including Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet (translated worldwide), and three novels.

Ye Shuxian, Ph.D. (2003) in Comparative Literature, Sichuan University, is Professor at the Institute of Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His main publications include: Philosophy of Chinese Mythology (1997), The Goddess of Gaotang and Venus: The Theme of Love and Beauty in Chinese and Western Culture (1997).

Yin Hubin Ph.D. in Folklore at Beijing Normal University, is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His current specialization is oral tradition and Chinese folk religion and his main publications include: Gudai Jingdian yu Koutou Chuantong (2002), Gushi de Geshou(2004), and Shishi yu Yingxiong(co-editor 2004).

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