I often wonder how the East and the West came to view mythological creatures so differently. Are dragons lucky or scary? Are rabbits wise or timid? I gave such questions a lot of thought when I created invisible animal companions for the characters in my book Moon Princess.
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Stories for children, folktales, fairy tales and fables
Asia is the world's largest continent. A place with unique cultural heritage, Asia is home to more than 3. Even today people around Asia hold festivals celebrating the deeds of heroes and animals from ancient folklore. The collection of folktales from Asia consists of fourteen books with stories: 55 Arabic folktales, Chinese folktales, 69 Indian folktales, 69 Japanese folktales and 61 Filipino folktales. Notes : This book holds some of the folktales form the Arabian Nights Entertainments.
Myths and Superstitions Around Solar Eclipses
The people of China have a rich and complicated mythology that dates back nearly 4, years. Throughout Chinese history, myth and reality have been intertwined. Historical figures have been worshiped as gods, and ancient myths are sometimes treated as historical truths. In addition, three great religious traditions—Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism—have played a role in shaping the mythology. The result is a rich tapestry of characters and tales, both real and imagined, and a unique pantheon organized very much like ancient Chinese society.
Some argue that the design can be traced back to jade pieces found at Neolithic sites belonging to the Liangzhu culture — BCE. Although modern scholars use the word " Taotie ", it is actually not known what word the Shang and Zhou dynasties used to call the design on their bronze vessels; as American paleographer and scholar of ancient China, Sarah Allan , notes, there is no particular reason to assume that the term taotie was known during the Shang period. Within the Zuo Zhuan , taotie is used by the writer to imply a "glutton". Nonetheless, the association of the term taotie is synonymous with the motifs found on the ancient Zhou and Shang bronzes. The taotie on Zhou bronzes [ ding ] has a head but no body.