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搜神後記   By: (372?-427)

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搜神後記 by Qian Tao is a fascinating and thought-provoking read that delves into the complex world of Chinese mythology and folk religion. The author, a renowned scholar and expert in the field, provides a detailed and insightful exploration of various deities, legends, and rituals that have shaped Chinese cultural beliefs and practices.

One of the standout features of this book is the author's ability to seamlessly blend historical facts with captivating storytelling, making it an engaging and educational experience for readers. Qian Tao's writing style is clear and concise, making the often esoteric subject matter accessible to readers of all backgrounds.

Throughout the book, readers are treated to a wealth of information about the origins, meanings, and significance of various gods and goddesses, as well as the rituals and ceremonies associated with them. This comprehensive look at Chinese mythology offers a deeper understanding of the cultural and spiritual beliefs that have been passed down through generations.

Overall, 搜神後記 is a must-read for anyone interested in Chinese folklore, mythology, and religious practices. Qian Tao's expertise and passion for the subject shine through in this well-researched and engaging book, making it a valuable addition to any library.

First Page:

Gsou shen hou ji

by Gao qian

The original Chinese:




丁令威,本遼東人,學道于靈虛山。後化鶴歸遼,集城門華表柱。時有少 年,舉弓欲射之。鶴乃飛,徘徊空中而言曰:「有鳥有鳥丁令威,去家千 年今始歸。城郭如故人民非,何不學仙冢壘壘。」遂高上沖天。今遼東諸 丁云其先世有升仙者,但不知名字耳。

嵩高山北有大穴,莫測其深。百姓歲時游觀。晉初,嘗有一人誤墮穴中。 同輩冀其儻不死,投食于穴中。墜者得之,為尋穴而丁。計可十餘日,忽 然見明。又有草屋,中有二人對坐圍棋。局下有ä¸... Continue reading book >>

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