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The World Of Chinese Mythology: An Introduction

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So far ancient myths recorded in written documents have been the central subject of Chinese myth studies, but more and more myths orally transmitted among contemporary Han people, and myths spreading among other ethnic groups have become part of myth research. This chapter provides a concise yet comprehensive survey of these three sources of Chinese mythology. It explores the primary written literature that recorded abundant ancient myths and three features the written records manifest. Second, by scrutinizing two projects as examples, the paper investigates the myths orally transmitted among contemporary Han people. Finally, it examines the rich myth legacies told among other ethnic groups in China.

Keywords: Chinese mythology; Han people



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