Chinese Mythological Gods: Images of Asia

Hardcover | October 1, 2001

byKeith G. Stevens

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This is an introduction to the most frequently encountered Chinese deities in the enormous Chinese pantheon, focusing on those gods which express the most common concerns of the Chinese people. Some of these include the gods of creation myths, the mythical founders of China's early societies,and the deities of the celestial world, nature, and destiny. There have been few written records of these popular myths and gods in English or Chinese, as they have traditionally been transmitted orally. Highlighting regional variations, this is the ideal companion to deciphering the divine maze ofstatues in most Chinese temples.

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This is an introduction to the most frequently encountered Chinese deities in the enormous Chinese pantheon, focusing on those gods which express the most common concerns of the Chinese people. Some of these include the gods of creation myths, the mythical founders of China's early societies,and the deities of the celestial world, natu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:104 pages, 7.5 × 5.1 × 0.4 inPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195919904

ISBN - 13:9780195919905

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Acknowledgements1. Chinese Mythological Gods and Demigods: An Overview2. Deities of Fate and Destiny3. The Creation of the Universe4. Prehistory and the Legendary Rulers5. The Three Sage Kings6. Mythical Deities of Popular Legend7. Daoist Deities of Nature, Agriculture, and Natural Phenomena8. Tutelary Gods and the Gods of the Underworld9. Mythical Deities Revealed During the Last MilleniumChronologySelected BibliographyIndex