China's creation and origin myths: cross-cultural explorations in oral and written traditions

Klappentext: 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 appr...

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Published in:Religion in Chinese societies
Contributors: Schipper, Mineke 1938- (Editor) ; Ye, Shuxian 1954- (Other) ; Yin, Hubin (Other)
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Leiden [u.a.] Brill 2011
In: Religion in Chinese societies (2)
Year: 2011, Volume: 2
Volumes / Articles:Show volumes/articles.
Series/Journal:Religion in Chinese societies 2
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B China / Creation myth / Legend of the beginnings / Oral history / Historiography
Further subjects:B Collection of essays
B Mythology, Chinese
B Creation Mythology China
B Creation Mythology (China)
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Summary:Klappentext: 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.
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (p. [325] - 333) and index
ISBN:9004194851