From the author: My aim, after summarizing the sociology of the Chinese as a prerequisite to the understanding of their ideas and sentiments, and dealing as fully as possible, consistently with limitations of space (limitations which have necessitated the presentation of a very large and intricate topic in a highly compressed form), with the philosophy of the subject, has been to set forth in English dress those myths which may be regarded as the accredited representatives of Chinese mythology - those which live in the minds of the people and are referred to most frequently in their literature, not those which are merely diverting without being typical or instructive - in short, a true, not a distorted image. The chief literary sources of Chinese myths are the Li tai sh�n hsien t'ung chien, in thirty-two volumes, the Sh�n hsien lieh chuan, in eight volumes, the F�ng sh�n yen i, in eight volumes, and the Sou sh�n chi, in ten volumes. In writing the following pages I have translated or paraphrased largely from these works. I have also consulted and at times quoted from the excellent volumes on Chinese Superstitions by P�re Henri Dor�, comprised in the valuable series Vari�t�s Sinologiques, published by the Catholic Mission Press at Shanghai. The native works contained in the Ssu K'u Ch'�an Shu, one of the few public libraries in Peking, have proved useful for purposes of reference. This is, so far as I know, the only monograph on Chinese mythology in any non-Chinese language. Nor do the native works include any scientific analysis or philosophical treatment of their myths.
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The Floating Press Ltd.
January 01, 2009
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