With more than 100 illustrations drawn over two thousand years of all aspects of Chinese art—including painting, pottery and porcelain, jade, bronzes and tomb decoration—Illustrated Myths & Legends of China is a vividly written collection of tales of the universe's emergence from chaos, the creation of the world in which the first Chinese people appeared and a depiction of how the many strands of myth and legend have influenced Chinese culture.
An impressive array of heroic figures and rich storytelling are at the center of these tales including:
- Pangu opening heaven to save the earth from chaos.
- Nuwa creating man and repairing the vault of heaven.
- Fuxi fixing the calendar by observing the heavens.
- Shennong creating agriculture.
- Cangjie inventing writing thus creating the basis for Chinese culture.
Fragments of these myths and legends are found in Chinese paintings, wood artifacts, relief carvings, and lacquer art which are illustrated in this book along with informative text. Anyone interested in Chinese culture, mythology, history or art will find this collection a must-have volume for their bookshelf.
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About the Author
Huang Dehai is a deputy editor of the Sinan Literary Journal and is author of the collection Reading Now is Too Late and other works. He was born in 1977.
Xiang Jing was born in 1981 and is also a deputy editor of the Sinan Literary Journal. Her works include the collection Expression in Our Time.
Table of Contents
A Ballad of the Beginning 13
The Emergence from Chaos 15
Nüwa Creates Man 19
A Harmony Made in Heaven 26
Repairing the Vault of Heaven 31
Kunlun, the Sacred Mountain 37
Jianmu, Tree of the Ladder to Heaven 47
The Severance of Earth from Heaven 51
Dwelling in Nests 55
The Creation of the Eight Trigrams 57
Observing the Heavenly Symbols to Fix the Calendar 63
Auspicious Dragon and Phoenix 71
Shennong the Flame Emperor 79
Drilling Wood for Fire 88
The Noon Market 91
The Flame Emperor's Daughter 93
Yaoji of Wushan 98
The Bird Jingwei Fills the Ocean 102
The Yellow Emperor Builds a Carriage 104
Leizu Teaches Weaving 106
Gang Jie Invents Writing 113
Lfnglun Makes Music 116
The Great War against Chiyou 120
The World of Yao and Shun 127
Houyi Eradicates the Four Evil Monsters 131
Houyi Shoots the Suns 133
Chang'e Flies to the Moon 137
Bogun Receives Orders 142
Stealing the Ever-Growing Soil 145
The Spirit's Journey to the West 149
Asking the Way to Lingshan 155
The Arrival of Yu the Great 157
Yu the Great in His Own Words I 157
Yu the Great in His Own Words II: Hills, Rivers and Land 159
Yu the Great in His Own Words III: Making a Path through the Hills 160
Yu the Great in His Own Words IV: The Xia People 162
Yu the Great in His Own Words V: Managing the Water and Spreading the Soil 165
Yu the Great in His Own Words VI: As the Will of the Gods Would Have It 168
Yu the Great in His Own Words VII: A Condemnation of Offensive War and Setting up the Tripod Cauldrons 171
Dates of the Chinese Dynasties 176