Wandering Spirits: Chen Shiyuan's Encyclopedia of Dreams / Edition 1

Wandering Spirits: Chen Shiyuan's Encyclopedia of Dreams / Edition 1

by Richard E. Strassberg, Shiyuan Chen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520252942

ISBN-13: 9780520252943

Pub. Date: 04/21/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

Dreams have been taken seriously in China for at least three millennia. Wandering Spirits is a translation and study of the most comprehensive work on dream culture in traditional China—Lofty Principles of Dream
Interpretation
(Mengzhan yizhi), compiled in 1562 by Chen Shiyuan and periodically reprinted up to the modern era. The best

Overview

Dreams have been taken seriously in China for at least three millennia. Wandering Spirits is a translation and study of the most comprehensive work on dream culture in traditional China—Lofty Principles of Dream
Interpretation
(Mengzhan yizhi), compiled in 1562 by Chen Shiyuan and periodically reprinted up to the modern era. The best introduction to the diversity of ideas held by the educated class about dreams, this unique treatise compiles various theories, Chen's own comments concerning the nature of dreams and their role in waking life, and almost seven hundred examples assembled from a wide range of literary sources. This annotated translation is accompanied by a full-length introduction that surveys the evolution of Chinese dream culture and the role of Chen Shiyuan and his encyclopedia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252943
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/21/2008
Series:
A Philip E. Lilienthal Book in Asian Studies Ser.
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Editorial Notes
Chinese Dynasties

Introduction

lofty principles of dream interpretation by chen shiyuan
Preface 1

part i . The Inner Chapters
1. The True Controller
2. The Long-Willow Method
3. Day and Night
4. The Various Forms of Divination
5. The Disciple of Emptiness
6. The Sage
7. The Six Types of Dreams
8. The Ancient Methods of
Interpretation
9. Auspicious Events
10.
Influences and Abnormal Conditions

part ii . The Outer Chapters
1. Heaven
2. Sun and Moon
3. Thunder and Rain
4. Mountains and Rivers
5. Forms and Appearances
6. Food and Clothing
7. Utensils and Things
8. Valuables and Goods
9. Brush and
Ink
10. Written Graphs
11. The Official Examinations
12. Gods and Strange Things
13. Longevity and Destiny
14. The Feng and Other Birds
15. Animals
16. Dragons and Snakes
17. Turtles and Fish
18. Plants and Trees
19. Reward and Retribution
20. On General Analogies

List of Sources

Index to Dream Narratives
Preface

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