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By Robert Ford Campany

ISBN-10: 0824853490

ISBN-13: 9780824853495

Between three hundred and six hundred C.E., chinese language writers compiled hundreds of thousands of money owed of the unusual and the extreme. a few defined bizarre spirits, customs, and wildlife in far-off lands. a few depicted members of surprising non secular or ethical fulfillment. yet such a lot advised of normal people’s encounters with ghosts, demons, or gods; sojourns within the land of the useless; eerily major goals; and uncannily actual premonitions. the choice of such tales offered right here offers an attractive advent to early medieval chinese language storytelling and opens a doorway to the enchanted international of concept, tradition, and non secular trust of that period. referred to as zhiguai, or “accounts of anomalies,” they impart very much approximately how humans observed the cosmos and their position in it. The stories have been circulated simply because they have been unique but in addition simply because their compilers intended to rfile the mysterious workings of spirits, the wonders of unique locations, and the character of the afterlife.

A selection of greater than 2 hundred stories, A backyard of Marvels bargains an authoritative but available advent to zhiguai writings, quite these by no means prior to translated or thoroughly researched. This quantity will most probably locate its technique to bedside tables in addition to into school rooms and libraries, simply as collections of zhiguai did in early medieval times.

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Although Chong had still been quite young when his Â�father died, he recognized his Â�father’s handwriting. He heaved a sigh and was speechless. *On this work, see LZG, 332–333; WXS, 333; and SW, 94. 25. Ko ng s h i z h ig uai ( Ite m 8)â•…â•… 9 Cui then gave an order to the inner chambers for his dauÂ�ghÂ�ter to adorn herself [for the wedding], and he had Chong proceed to the east apartment. When Chong arrived, the dauÂ�ghÂ�ter had already disembarked from her carriage and was standing there at the head of the mat.

Often this is not the case. Second, each story can be seen as an argument of sorts. These stories are not idle exercises; most of them reveal, argue, or assume something significant about the world, about spirits, about relations between humans and other beings, or about the afterlife and the dead. These significant things implied or suggested are surely one reason that the stories were � told and transmitted in the first place, but they �were often not matters of complete consensus in society at the time.

Most of the Â�people involved in this exchange will always remain unknown to us by name, but in the thousands of textual items that survive we have a recÂ�ord of matters they considered imÂ�porÂ�tant enough to write down and transmit to Â�others—Â�a large and stunningly rich body of social memory. ’â•›” †See Zhou Junxun, Wei Jin nanbeichao zhiguai xiaoshuo cihui yanjiu. ‡ As remarked in Allen, Shifting Stories, 90–100. § For more, see Campany, Making Transcendents, 263–265. xlâ•…â•…Intr o du c tio n eminently worth studying.

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