Myths and Legends of China

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  • PDF eBook: 492 pages
  • Author: E.T.C. Werner
  • Published first in Great Britain in 1922 Reprinted in July 1956

Chinese Myths and Legends Book

Chinese myths and legends books of this type are excellent reference from writers and translators who were some of the first observers of the early days of when China opened her doors to foreigners. They depict China before the massive changes due to the wars, cultural revolution, Japanese invasion, etc. as it was around the turn of the century and when source of the ancient information, documents, books, etc. were still available. IMHO, I feel it gives you a truer version than later year publications that have changed with the intervening administration’s documenting of history which might have distorted or delete some of the past events.

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  • PDF eBook: 492 pages
  • Author: E.T.C. Werner
  • Published first in Great Britain in 1922 Reprinted in July 1956

Chinese Myths and Legends Book

Chinese myths and legends books of this type are excellent reference from writers and translators who were some of the first observers of the early days of when China opened her doors to foreigners. They depict China before the massive changes due to the wars, cultural revolution, Japanese invasion, etc. as it was around the turn of the century and when source of the ancient information, documents, books, etc. were still available. IMHO, I feel it gives you a truer version than later year publications that have changed with the intervening administration’s documenting of history which might have distorted or delete some of the past events.

From the Chinese myths and legends book preface:

“ The chief literary sources of Chinese myths are the Li tai shên hsien t’ung chien, in thirty-two volumes, the Shên hsien lieh chuan, in eight volumes, the Fêng shên yen i, in eight volumes, and the Sou shên chi, in ten volumes. In writing the following pages I have translated or paraphrased largely from these works. I have also consulted and at times quoted from the excellent volumes on Chinese Superstitions by Père Henri Doré, comprised in the valuable series Variétés Sinologiques, published by the Catholic Mission Press at Shanghai. The native works contained in the Ssu K’u Ch’uan Shu, one of the few public libraries in Peking, have proved useful for purposes of reference.

My heartiest thanks are due to my good friend Mr Mu Hsueh-hsun, a scholar of wide learning and generous disposition, for having kindly allowed me to use his very large and useful library of Chinese books. The late Dr G.E. Morrison also, until he sold it to a Japanese baron, was good enough to let me consult his extensive collection of foreign works relating to China whenever I wished, but owing to the fact that so very little work has been done in Chinese mythology by Western writers I found it better in dealing with this subject to go direct to the original Chinese texts. I am indebted to Professor H.A. Giles, and to his publishers, Messrs Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai, for permission to reprint from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio the fox legends given in Chapter XV. This is, so far as I know, the only monograph on Chinese mythology in any non-Chinese language. Nor do the native works include any scientific analysis or philosophical treatment of their myths.”

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