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Handbook of Chinese Mythology
     

Handbook of Chinese Mythology

by Lihui Yang, Deming An, Jessica Anderson Turner
 
Yang (folklore and mythology, Beijing Normal U.) and An (folklore, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing) offer what they believe is the first book on Chinese mythology written by Chinese mythologists in English. Compared to accounts written or translated by Westerners, they say, it provides a native perspective, a more comprehensive picture, an emphasis of the

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Yang (folklore and mythology, Beijing Normal U.) and An (folklore, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing) offer what they believe is the first book on Chinese mythology written by Chinese mythologists in English. Compared to accounts written or translated by Westerners, they say, it provides a native perspective, a more comprehensive picture, an emphasis of the relationship between Chinese myths and their social and cultural contexts, and more selected entries and sources. They look at written and oral sources, various ethnic groups, myth in history, and the chronology of the mythological world. Then they present and analyze myths relating to deities, themes, and concepts. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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"Information about Chinese mythology has been limited by language and access to primary sources. This volume attempts to fill a gap by providing a resource written in English by Chinese mythologists. . . . The authors' credibility and in-depth scholarship offer a rare opportunity to experience Chinese mythology through Chinese eyes." - Booklist

"ABC-CLIO's wonderful handbooks on world mythology offer in-depth explorations linking traditional cultural myths to insights on behavior and ideals. . . . Handbook of Chinese Mythology is an essential reference for any high school to college-level collection with a Chinese studies program." - Midwest Book Review

"Overall, The Handbook of Chinese Mythology is an important and interesting work that will appeal to popular audiences. . . . [I]t is a significant contribution to the study of mythology, folklore, and East Asia." - Journal of Folklore Research

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195332636
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
532,485
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Lihui Yang, PhD, is associate professor of folklore and mythology at the College of Chinese Language and Culture at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Deming An, PhD, is associate professor of folklore at the Institute of Literature, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China.

Jessica Anderson Turner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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