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Filial Piety and Its Divine Rewards
The Legend of Dong Yong and Weaving Maiden, with Related Texts
The five versions of the legend presented here, alongside a selection of related texts, illustrate changing perceptions of xiao from the tenth century through the first part of the twentieth in a variety of genres. An appendix traces the development of the related legend of Weaving Maiden and Buffalo Boy from myth to folktale.
Wilt L. Idema's Introduction traces the evolution of the central legend and its significance in the history of Chinese popular culture. Annotations explaining terms and references that may be unfamiliar to Western readers, a glossary, and a comprehensive bibliography further enhance the value of this book for both scholars and students.
Wilt L. Idema is Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University.
136 pages; ISBN 9781603842198
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