The Flood Myths of Early China (Google eBook)

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SUNY Press, Feb 1, 2012 - History - 248 pages
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Explores how the flood myths of early China provided a template for that society's major social and political institutions.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 FLOOD TAMING AND COSMOGONY
21
2 FLOOD TAMING AND CRIMINALITY
49
3 FLOOD TAMING AND LINEAGES
78
4 FLOOD TAMING COUPLES AND THE BODY
109
CONCLUSION
146
NOTES
153
WORKS CITED
209
INDEX
231
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Page 3 - Myths are stories that are distinguished by a high degree of constancy in their narrative core and by an equally pronounced capacity for marginal variation. These two characteristics make myths transmissible by tradition: their constancy produces the attraction of recognizing them in artistic or ritual representation as well [as in recital], and their variability produces the attraction of trying...

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Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-ting Li Professor of Chinese Culture at Stanford University and the author of Writing and Authority in Early China and The Construction of Space in Early China, both published by SUNY Press.

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