This important exploration of Chinese mythology focuses on the diverse and evocative associations between women and water in the literature of the T'ang dynasty as well as in the enormous classical canon it inherited. By extension, it peers from medieval China back into the mists of ancient days, when snake queens, river goddesses, and dragon ladies ruled over the vast seas, great river courses, and heavenly sources of water, deities who had to be placated by shaman intercessors chanting hymns lost even by the T'ang. As with his other notable works, Professor Schafer's meticulous researches into the material culture of the past, coupled with a delightful writing style, allow us to better appreciate the literature of the T'ang by clarifying important contemporaneous symbols of fertility, mutability, and power, including the wondrous and ubiquitous dragon.
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Book Description North Point Press, 1980. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX086547009X
Book Description North Point Press. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 086547009X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0898888
Book Description North Point Press, 1980. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11086547009X