Myths and Legends of China - Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner

Myths and Legends of China

By Edward Theodore Chalmers Werner

  • Release Date: 1954-01-01
  • Genre: Asia
Our rating: 5/5 stars

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In this fascinating and comprehensive collection of Chinese myths and legends, E. T. C. Werner drew upon material readily available to him as a member of the Chinese government's' Historiographical Bureau in Peking. A former barrister and British consul in Foochow, Werner presents a wealth of information illuminating the ideas and beliefs that governed the daily lives of the Chinese people long before the revolutions of the 20th century. Offering a provocative glimpse into a world dominated by traditional rules of etiquette and inhabited by demons, dragon-gods, and spirits, the volume opens with an troductory chapter on the origins of the Chinese people.
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  • Slow and Not Very Rewarding

    3
    By Fpiano
    Before trying this book you should be aware that it is written in a very dry academic style. If you do not already have a certain amount of training in Chinese legend, religion and history, it can be slow going.

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