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Tun-huang Popular Narratives
     

Tun-huang Popular Narratives

by Victor H. Mair
 

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ISBN-10: 0521247616

ISBN-13: 9780521247610

Pub. Date: 11/10/1983

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Tun-huang Popular Narratives presents authoritative translations of four vernacular Chinese stories, taken from fragmentary texts usually referred to as pien-wen or 'transformation texts'. Dating from the late T'ang (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-959) periods, the texts were discovered early last century in a cave at Tun-huang, in Chinese Central Asia. However,

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Tun-huang Popular Narratives presents authoritative translations of four vernacular Chinese stories, taken from fragmentary texts usually referred to as pien-wen or 'transformation texts'. Dating from the late T'ang (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-959) periods, the texts were discovered early last century in a cave at Tun-huang, in Chinese Central Asia. However, written down in an early colloquial language by semi-literate individuals and posing formidable philological problems, the texts have not been studied critically before. Nevertheless they represent the only surviving primary evidence of a widespread and flourishing world of popular entertainment during these centuries. The tales deal with both religious (mostly Buddhist) and secular themes, and make exciting and vivid reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521247610
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/10/1983
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions Series
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction; 1. Śāriputra; 2. Maudgalyāyana; 3. Wu Tzu-hsü; 4. Chang I-ch'ao; Usages and symbols; Notes on the texts; References; Index.

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