No27: Chinese Myths

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Product details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (22 Nov. 2016) by Straightback Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1540553345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1540553348
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm


No27 of the Chinese Culture Series is titled "Chinese Myths" an in-depth translation of hundreds of Chinese myths by William Dolby. Originally translated by Bill in the 1980's, a hardback edition (1) was self-published in 2012. This easily read, reformatted and arranged paperback edition (2) was published in 2016


Ancient China had a rich diversity of myths from many traditions and peoples. Enough survives to show us a colourful and imaginative tapestry for the explanation of life's origins and mysteries, the foundations and falls of dynasties, immortals, deities, battles of gods, weird lands and strange folks, and many other supernatural and wonderful accounts, often hinting at vaster mythological backgrounds.

The present selection aims to suggest how vivid the myths were, by such means as venturing translations of many names. The generative potential of China's age-old myths continues into modern times, perhaps most notably in the realm of visual art.


Further Information

This book presents well over 100 diverse and intriguing myths and legends from medieval China: cleverly translated, explained with copious footnotes and presented in an easy reading style.

Although ancient China was a land of 'this-worldly' humanistic rationality, it was also one of rich, colourful and soaring imagination, as is seen in its mythology. What survives of the early mythology is no doubt only a small part of what once existed, but amply suffices to provide us with a varied and connected, vivid and whimsical, view of the world’s creation and the supernatural beings and forces that were said to affect it. Many of these myths have been inspirational in, or even generated, works in the various aspects of Chinese culture, such as literature, drama, song, and visual arts. This book translates the main, and many of the minor, myths of ancient China, many of them for the first time into any non-oriental language.