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Creation of the Gods (Volume II) By Xu Zhonglin Gu Zhizong Dai Hongjie Dai Dunbang,

  • Title: Creation of the Gods (Volume II)
  • Author: Xu Zhonglin Gu Zhizong Dai Hongjie Dai Dunbang
  • ISBN: 9787800051357
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty 11368 1644 , is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best written, Chinese classics of mythical literature It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty 1700 B.C 1100 B.C , the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in ChiCreation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty 11368 1644 , is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best written, Chinese classics of mythical literature It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty 1700 B.C 1100 B.C , the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology, on her birthday The beauty of the goddess completely bewitched the monarch and sets him on fire with lust His poem written on the wall to express his deep love for the goddess infuriates her She decided to punish the king and bring an end to the Shang Dynasty The novel culminates with the crowning of King Wu of Zhou Dynasty 1066 B.C.256 B.C and the canonization of gods by his prime minister Jiang Ziya However, the Chinese was a nation mostly composed of polytheists, who believed that there were numerous gods in the Three RealmsHeaven, World, and Hell that rules over everything in this world and created various deities to suit their varied desires and needs Most of the gods anti deities were posthumously canonized historical national heroes and upright officials who were believed to have been heavenly deities sent to this world to deliver mankind from misery In fact the roots of many of such popular beliefs and legend are found in Creation of the Gods Therefore, the novel is not simply a piece of literature, but very much an agglomeration of folk beliefs and religion It is in fact a valuable and indispensable tool in understanding the Chinese folk culture.
    Creation of the Gods Volume II Creation of the Gods published in the Ming Dynasty is the most popular and one of the best if not also the best written Chinese classics of mythical literature It begins with the grand

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    1. There are Five Classic Chinese Novels that stand above all other Chinese novels and Creation of the Gods is one of them All are available in at least one English translation.Five Classic Chinese Novels1 Outlaws of the Marsh aka The Marshes of Mt Liang, aka All Men Are Brothers 2 Three Kingdoms3 Journey to the West aka Monkey 4 The Story of the Stone aka The Dream of the Red Chamber 5 Creation of the GodsAll of these are magificent, epic novels They are all worth the investment of the considerabl [...]

    2. As another reviewer noted, this is one of the five great classic Chinese novels I read them all on a Chinese culture kick, and at the risk of sounding like a philistine, Three Kingdoms and Outlaws of the Marsh were each a bit of a slog, Dream of the Red Chamber was too foreign to my experience for me to relate to the characters, and Journey to the West was didactic and repetitive.Creation of the Gods is as close to perfection as any book I ve read.Let s put aside the whole cultural aspect of thi [...]

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