The Classic of Mountains and Seas

The Classic of Mountains and Seas

Paperback Penguin Classics

Translated by Anne Birrell

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140447199
  • ISBN 13: 9780140447194
  • Sales rank: 313,595

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Dating from the 3rd century BC to the 1st century AD the work is structured according to a conception of the world as a vast land mass bounded on its four sides by four seas, beyond which lie four great wildernesses. Each chapter leads the reader through successive landscapes, describing the geographical and mythological associations of each.

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This major source of Chinese mythology (3rd century BC to 2nd century AD) brings together a treasure trove of rare data and colourful fiction about the mythical figures, rituals, medicine, natural history and ethnic peoples of the ancient world. The text is brought to life using English equivalents for all the many names (such as the gods Foremost, Fond Care and the doomed Girl Lovely) and there is a lucid and entertaining introduction containing insights from comparative mythology. (Kirkus UK)

Table of contents

The Classic of Mountains and SeasAcknowledgements Introduction Chronological Table A Note on the Text Book One The Classic of the Southern Mountains Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Book Two The Classic of the Western Mountains Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Book Three The Classic of the Northern Mountains Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Book Four The Classic of the Eastern Mountains Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Book Five The Classic of the Central Mountains Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Book Six The Classic of Regions Beyond the Seas: The South The Regions Beyond the Seas, from the Southwest Corner to the Southeast Corner Book Seven The Classic of Regions Beyond the Seas: The West The Regions Beyond the Seas, from the Southwest Corner to the Northwest Corner Book Eight The Classic of Regions Beyond the Seas: The North The Regions Beyond the Seas, from the Northeast Corner to the Northwest Corner Book Nine The Classic of Regions Beyond the Seas: The East The Regions Beyond the Seas, from the Southeast Corner to the Northeast Corner Book Ten The Classic of Regions Within the Seas: The South The Regions Within the Seas, from the Southeast Corner to the Western Part Book Eleven The Classic of Regions Within the Seas: The West The Regions Within the Seas, from the Southwest Corner to the Northern Part Book Twelve The Classic of Regions Within the Seas: The North The Regions Within the Seas, from the Northwest Corner to the Eastern Part Book Thirteen The Classic of Regions Within the Seas: The East The Regions Within the Seas, from the Northeast Corner to the Southern Part Book Fourteen The Classic of the Great Wilderness: The East Book Fifteen The Classic of the Great Wilderness: The South Book Sixteen The Classic of the Great Wilderness: The West Book Seventeen The Classic of the Great Wilderness: The North Book Eighteen The Classic of Regions Within the Seas Notes on Chinese Names and Terms Bibliography