The Classic of Mountains and Seas

The Classic of Mountains and Seas

Translated by Anne Birrell


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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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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • 01 Jan 2000
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0140447199
  • 9780140447194
  • 297,911

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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)

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