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Chinese Myths

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  • Some Chinese Ghostsby Lafcadio Hearn

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Ghost stories aren't always the province of creaky old Victorian hotels and medieval palaces. This fascinating collection brings together some traditional tales of the supernatural from China. If you're a horror buff who's looking to expand your horizons a bit, Some Chinese Ghosts is a must-read. more...

  • The Monkey King's Amazing Adventureby Wu Cheng'en; Timothy Richard; Daniel Kane

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    Join the Monkey King on his fantastic travels in this exciting version of the traditional Chinese folktale Monkey King's Amazing Adventures. This legend has delighted countless generations, and this lovely retelling is a wonderful introduction for a new generation of readers. more...

  • Chinese Folklore Talesby Rev. J. Macgowan

    The Floating Press 1910; US$ 5.99

    Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism have been major influences on Chinese folklore tales. Events of legend and history, romance and human nature, explanations of nature and landscape, and themes of the supernatural; these are some of the explorations of Chinese myths, legends and fables. This compilation contains the following eleven stories: The Widow... more...

  • Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasiesby Moss Roberts

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    This fresh and elegant translation of 100 tales from 25 centuries of Chinese literature opens up a magical world far from our customary haunts. Illustrated with woodcuts. From the Trade Paperback edition. more...

  • Treasury of Chinese Folk Talesby Shelley Fu; Patrick Yee

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 24.95

    Everyone is interested in China these days, and that includes kids. Tuttle Publishing's Treasury of Chinese Folk Tales is a wonderful collection of seven classic Chinese stories that make for great reading adventures. From the stories of Pan Gu and Nu Wo, creators of the world, to Bai Su-Tzin, a snake who took on human form and found true love,... more...

  • The Butterfly Loversby Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2010; US$ 13.50

    The late-imperial legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, the "Butterfly Lovers"—a story as central to Chinese culture as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is to Western culture—also relates a tale of two lovers held apart by social strictures. To audiences of the many Chinese ballads, plays, and films based on the story, the tragic... more...

  • The Book of Chuang Tzuby Chuang Tzu; Martin Palmer

    Penguin Books Ltd 2006; Not Available

    The Book of Chuang Tzu draws together the stories, tales, jokes and anecdotes that have gathered around the figure of Chuang Tzu. One of the great founders of Taoism, Chaung Tzu lived in the fourth century BC and is among the most enjoyable and intriguing personalities in the whole of Chinese philosophy. more...

  • The Chinese Storyteller's Bookby Michael David Kwan

    Tuttle Publishing 2001; US$ 14.95

    Born in Beijing, award-winning author Michael David Kwan (recipient of the Kirayama Pacific Rim Book Prize) has a strong affinity for his country and its culture. His latest work, The Chinese Storyteller's Book is an authentic collection of nine mythical stories based on ancient Chinese folk tales. First exposed to these tales during his childhood... more...

  • Mulanby Shiamin Kwa; Wilt L. Idema

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2010; US$ 13.50

    The legend of Mulan?the daughter who disguises herself as a man, dons her father's armor, and heads off to war in his place?remains one of the most popular Chinese folktales despite (or because of) its lack of supernatural demonstrations or interventions. This volume offers lively translations of the earliest recorded version of the legend and... more...

  • The Legend of Miaoshanby Glen Dudbridge

    Oxford University Press, UK 2004; US$ 124.99

    The tale of a devout Buddhist girl who separates from her family and through suffering and death finally achieves divine status is a myth of religious celibacy, of filial piety, and of ritual salvation of the dead. It also presents a major symbol of the tension in women's lives between individual spiritual fulfilment and the imperatives of family... more...