A Chinese Bestiary : Strange Creatures from the Guideways Through Mountains and Seas

A Chinese Bestiary : Strange Creatures from the Guideways Through Mountains and Seas


A chinese language Bestiary presents a desirable festival of legendary creatures from a different and enduring cosmography written in historical China. The Guideways via Mountains and Seas, compiled among the fourth and primary centuries b.c.e., comprises descriptions of countless numbers of amazing denizens of mountains, rivers, islands, and seas, besides minerals, vegetation, and drugs. The textual content additionally represents a variety of ideals held by way of the traditional chinese language. Richard Strassberg brings the Guideways to existence for contemporary readers through weaving jointly translations from the paintings itself with details from different texts and up to date archaeological unearths to create a lavishly illustrated consultant to the inventive international of early China.

Unlike the bestiaries of the past due medieval interval in Europe, the Guideways was now not interpreted allegorically; the unfamiliar beings defined in it have been considered as genuine entities stumbled on during the panorama. The paintings was once initially used as a sacred geography, as a guidebook for tourists, and as a booklet of omens. at the present time, it's considered as the richest repository of historical chinese language mythology and shamanistic knowledge. The Guideways may were illustrated from the beginning, however the earliest surviving illustrations are woodblock engravings from a unprecedented 1597 version. Seventy-six of these plates are reproduced the following for the 1st time, and so they offer an excellent instance of the chinese language engraver's artwork through the overdue Ming dynasty.

This appealing quantity, compiled by way of a widely known expert within the box, presents a desirable window at the innovations and ideology of an old humans, and may pride experts and normal readers alike.

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