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Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1 What Is a Myth? A General Introduction to Chinese Mythology Main Sources for the Myths of Ancient China Shanhaijing Chuci Huainanzi Three Features of the Written Records Myths Orally Transmitted among Contemporary Han People The San Tao Jicheng Project A Myth-telling Performance in Renzu Temple Myths in Other Ethnic Groups The Richness of Myth in China's Ethnic Groups Flood Myths Contexts of Myth-telling in Ethnic Groups Myth Tellers in Ethnic Groups Myths within Chinese History and Society The Pre-Qin Dynasty Period (Before 256 BC) The Han Dynasty (206 BC-CE 220) After Han Through the Qing Dynasty (CE 220-1911) Republic of China (1912-1949) The People's Republic of China (1949-Present) Influence of Myth on Chinese Culture and Society Influence of Myth on Belief Influence of Myth on Literature and Art Influence of Myth on Daily Life Influence of Myth on the Chinese Spirit 2 A Timeline of the Mythological World The Emergence of Gods Pangu Was Born from the Cosmic Egg The Gansheng Myths The Emergence of the Universe The Cosmos Came from an Egg The Universe Came from a Divine Corpse Parents of the Suns and the Moons The Separation of the Sky and the Earth The Emergence of Humans Humans Were Created by Nüwa Molding Mud Humans Were Recreated by the Brother-Sister Couple The Invention of Culture Inventing Agriculture Acquisition of Fire Discovery of Chinese Medicine Inventing Chinese Characters Inventing Musical Instruments Cosmic Disasters and Restorations The Flood and Its Control The Repair of the Broken Sky Shooting Down the Surplus Suns Circular Time 3 Deities, Themes, and Concepts Ba Boyi Buzhou, Mount Cancong Cangjie Chang'e Changxi Chiyou Cords of the Earth Crow of the Sun Di Jun Di Ku Dragon Elixir of Immortality Fangfeng Feng Bo Floods, The Fusang Fuxi Gonggong Goumang Gun He Bo Houji Houtu Huang Di Hundun Jiandi Jiang Yuan Jianmu Jingwei Kuafu Kui Kunlun Mountain Leizu Li Linglun Nüwa Pangu Pillars of the Sky Qi Shaohao Shennong Shentu Shujun Shun Sky Ladder Suirenshi Taihao Tang Valley Ten Suns Twelve Moons Xiangliu Xihe Xingtian Xirang Xiwangmu Yan Di Yao Yao Grass Yi Yinglong Youchaoshi Youdu Yu Yu Shi Yulü Yuqiang Zhong Zhuanxu Zhulong Zhurong 4 Print and Nonprint Resources Print Resources General Works on Chinese History and Culture Books and Articles on Chinese Mythology and Relevant Culture Nonprint Resources Videos Web Sites Glossary Index About the Authors
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Mythology, Chinese -- Handbooks, Manuals, etc.