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Five Heavenly Emperors: Chinese Myths of Creation

Press:Chinese Myths of Creation

Press:Tundra Books Tundra Books (October 13, 1994)
Publication Date:1994-10-13
ISBN:9780887763380
Author Name:Song Nan Zhang
Pages:36
Language:English

Content

Just about every civilization has stories of creation. 
The myths and legends of the ancient Greeks and Romans are very well known, but these 12 myths from ancient China are just as fascinating.
Between Pangu separating the sky from the earth and the Northern Emperor separating man from gods, we have an array of deities as busy and colorful as those in Greek and Roman myths.
They create men out of clay, mend the broken sky after the flood, and shoot down suns so that life on earth will not die.Inspired by the art of the Ming Dynasty, this is a wonderful collection of Chinese myths of creation, illustrated by award-winning artist Song Nan Zhang.

Review

“The fluidity of line and subtle colors…echo centuries of tradition, while the sense of detail gives the work a personal stamp.”–Publishers Weekly

From the Inside Flap

Just about every civilization has stories of creation. 
The myths and legends of the ancient Greeks and Romans are very well known, but these 12 myths from ancient China are just as fascinating.
Between Pangu separating the sky from the earth and the Northern Emperor separating man from gods, we have an array of deities as busy and colorful as those in Greek and Roman myths.
They create men out of clay, mend the broken sky after the flood, and shoot down suns so that life on earth will not die.Inspired by the art of the Ming Dynasty, this is a wonderful collection of Chinese myths of creation, illustrated by award-winning artist Song Nan Zhang.

From the Back Cover

“The fluidity of line and subtle colors…echo centuries of tradition, while the sense of detail gives the work a personal stamp.”–Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Song Nan Zhang was born in Shanghai. 
He received a Masters degree from the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Arts, and his paintings have been exhibited in galleries around the world.
Song Nan Zhang lives in Montreal.
His son, Hao Yu, was born in Beijing and arrived in Montreal with his parents in 1990.
He has a journalism degree from Concordia University and has written for the Montreal Gazette.
He now lives in London, England, and works for the BBC.

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Children's Books,Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths,Other,Geography & Cultures,Explore the World,Asia,Literature & Fiction,Historical Fiction

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Comment List (Total:2)

  •     This book is printed on very good quality and heavy paper. It is a hardcover with a dust jacket.Reading level 8 and up - it is a good resource for children. Full page illustrations are almost every other page and two - two page spreads.Contents: 1, Pangu separates sky and earth; 2, Five heavenly emperors; 3, Nuwa makes human beings; 4, Youchao and the first dwellings; 5, Shennong shows how to grow food; 6, Suiren makes fire; 7, The Cowherd and the Weaving Girl; 8; Fushi explains the universe; 9, Nuwa mends the sky; 10, Yi shoots down nine suns, 11. Chang-Er flies to the moon, 12, The birth of the alphabet, 12, Why gods and people were finally separated, 13. The Taichi Map, and some Chinese words and a who's who.The chapter: Fushi explains the universe, contains a map, to explain the universe: beginning with the taichi symbol - a circle containing Yin and Yang and then the eight symbols called Ba Gua, and a taichi map. Tha last chapter has more on the Taichi Map. Great stuff! In all a very good book!

  •     This colorful children's book shares Chinese stories and legends of the creation of the world. Stories include Five Heavenly EmperorsYouchao and the First Dwellings, the Cowherd and the Weaving Girl, and Nuwu Mends the Sky. Chang-Er Flies to the Moon and other stories illustrate popular stories for various celebrations such as the Mid-Autumn Festival. Each story is dramatically illustrated with symbolic and mythic Chinese images. A nice reference book for children (and adults) who are interested in Chinese legends.

 

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