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A Chinese bestiary : strange creatures from the guideways through mountains and seas. [Shanhaijing 山海經. English]
AuthorStrassberg, Richard E.
Pub. LocationBerkeleyPublisherUniversity of California Press
Date2002Phys. Desc.pdf + djvu [xxii, 313 p.: illustrations, maps]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberDS707.S4713 2002d
A Chinese bestiary : strange creatures from the guideways through mountains and seas = 山海經 / edited and translated with commentary by Richard E. Strassberg.
"Philip E. Lilienthal Asian studies endowment."
Parallel title in Chinese characters.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-292) and index.

Illustrations; Preface; Editorial Notes; Introduction; Plates I to LXXVI from the Guideways through Mountains and Seas; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Glossary Index to Plates.

"A Chinese Bestiary presents a fascinating pageant of mythical creatures from a unique and enduring cosmography written in ancient China. The Guideways through Mountains and Seas, compiled between the fourth and first centuries, B.C.E., contains descriptions of hundreds of fantastic denizens of mountains, rivers, islands, and seas, along with minerals, flora, and medicine. The text also represents a wide range of beliefs held by the ancient Chinese. Richard Strassberg brings the Guideways to life for modern readers by weaving together translations from the work itself with information from other texts and recent archaeological finds to create a lavishly illustrated guide to the imaginative world of early China." "Unlike the bestiaries of the late medieval period in Europe, the Guideways was not interpreted allegorically; the strange creatures described in it were regarded as actual entities found throughout the landscape. The work was originally used as a sacred geography, as a guidebook for travelers, and as a book of omens. Today, it is regarded as the richest repository of ancient Chinese mythology and shamanistic wisdom. The Guideways may have been illustrated from the start, but the earliest surviving illustrations are woodblock engravings from a rare 1597 edition. All seventy-six of those plates are reproduced here for the first time, and they provide a fine example of the Chinese engraver's art during the late Ming dynasty."--Jacket.

Local access dig. pdf. [Strassberg-Bestiary.pdf]
Also in Djvu format.
Physical copy Gleeson Library.
Online access via Gleeson Library.

Subject(s)Shanhaijing 山海經 (Chinese classic)
Mythology, Chinese
Folklore--China
China--Description and travel
China--Description and travel--Early works to 1800
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageEnglish, Chinese
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19684
ISBN9780520922785 ; 0520922786LCCN2002075442OCLC49977148