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The Divine Woman: Dragon Ladies and Rain Maidens in T'ang Literature

Schafer, Edward Hetzel

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ISBN 10: 0520024656 / ISBN 13: 9780520024656
Published by University of California Press
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Divine Woman: Dragon Ladies and Rain ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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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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