The Shape of the Turtle

The Shape of the Turtle : Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China

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Many Chinese philosophic concepts derive from an ancient cosmology. This work is the first reconstructions of the mythic thought of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700- 1100 B.C.) which laid the foundation for later Chinese patterns of thought. Allan regards the myth, cosmology, divination, sacrificial ritual, and art of the Shang as different manifestations of a common religious system and each is examined in turn, building up a coherent and consistent picture. Although primarily concerned with the Shang, this work also describes the manner in which Shang thought was transformed in the later textual tradition.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 13.97mm | 345g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791404609
  • 9780791404607
  • 677,743

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"Allan's study will prove to be as invaluable as it is innovative." -- Harold D. Roth
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About Sarah Allan

Sarah Allan is Lecturer in Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Her previous books include The Heir and the Sage: Dynastic Legend in Early China; Legend, Lore and Religion in China: Essays in Honor of Wolfram Eberhard on his Seventieth Birthday (edited with Alvin P. Cohen), and Oracle Bone Collections in Great Britain (with Li Xueqin and Qi Wenxin).
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