Myths and Legends of China – E. T. C. Werner
Download Myths and Legends of China ebook. 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 introductory chapter on the origins of the Chinese people. In succeeding chapters, Mr. Werner’s readable, well-illustrated text considers the gods of China and myths of stars, thunder, lightning, wind and rain; of water and fire; of epidemics, medicine, and exorcism; as well as tales about the goddess of mercy, the guardian of the gate of heaven, accounts of how the Monkey became a god, and much more.
In addition, 32 striking illustrations depict such traditional deities as the Spirit That Clears the Way, civilian and military Door Gods, the Kitchen-God, Dragon-Gods, the Gods of Happiness, Office, and Longevity, and others.
Engrossing and informative, Myths and Legends of China will appeal not only to lovers of folklore but to anyone interested in Chinese art, culture, or philosophy.
I have the original hardbound copy of this book by E. T. C. Werner, with its delightful full page color illustrations–but I also love having this Kindle version, which I can read on my PC, tablet and phone using free Kindle Software. It’s so much easier being able to search an eBook, take notes, cut and paste (with the latest software update), and make bookmarks, and synchronize them all.
Granted, nothing beats holding the original, with its rich, musty leather, but on the other hand, it’s so hold I hesitate to hold it too much. So three cheers for eBooks. I think you’ll like the stories. And read about E.T.C. on Wikipedia. He wrote some other books as well that I’ve found every enjoyable. A British diplomat from the 1860s to about 1914, he was also a brilliant Sinologist. He lived almost 90 years (1864-1954–just 2 years before I was born, amazingly).
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