Chinese Myths and Legends (Introductions to Chinese Culture)

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Myths and legends can be seen to represent a repository of the wisdom and imagination of our ancestors. Chinese Myths and Legends introduces the stories of deities, heroes and the origins of the universe that underpin the spirit of traditional Chinese culture. Utilising a variety of ancient Chinese sources, Chen Lianshan examines the origin and development of myths and legends in China, including both well-known and less familiar traditions, and compares these traditions to the mythology of the ancient western world.

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Utilising a variety of ancient Chinese sources, Chen Lianshan examines the origin and development of myths and legends in China, including both well-known and less familiar traditions, and compares these traditions to the mythology of the ancient western world.

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Chen Lianshan is Associate Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University, where he also completed his doctoral studies. He is director of teaching and research in Folk Literature and a board member of the China Folklore Society. Engaged in the research and teaching of Chinese folk literature for many years, he has published widely on the subject of ancient Chinese mythology.

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