|Ancient Chinese Fables
A fable is "a short story devised to convey some useful lesson, an apologue". A distinctive feature of the fable is that it contains a moral truth.
Chinese Poetic Literature
Chinese Poetry Literature is conventionally divided into four classes: poetry, ci , ge or songs, fu. Poetry proper has three forms. The first is " lü shi"
or code verse which must contain two or more of what we call parallel couples.
Selected Mythical Stories
Ancient Chinese myths were not recorded in a systematic way in any work, and , as a result, only fragments of them are extant today.
Shijing (The Book of Songs) (1)
Shijing (The Book of Songs) is the earliest collection ofChinese poems including 305 poems of the Zhou Dynasty (1122-256 B.C.). It was originally called Shi (Poems) and Shi Sanbai (Three Hundred Poems). It was the Confucians of the Han Dynasty who gave it the name Shijing. It is also called Maoshi (Mao Poems) because it was by the hand of Mao Heng of the Han Dynasty that Shijing was passed down to the present time.
Shijing (The Book of Songs) (2)
The following are selected from Shijing:
Shijing (The Book of Songs) (3)
CHASING THE PHANTOM
Shijing (The Book of Songs) (4)
WE PLUCK THE BRACKEN
Chinese Myths and Fantasies (1)
The writing of such stories began in the Wei and Jin Dynasties (220-420), when various writers, influenced by the alchemist's ideas and Taoist and Buddhist superstitions, were interested in inventing stories about gods and ghosts. Some of them show their unusual imagination and mastery of the written language. This practice was continued in the next period, the period of Southern and Northern Dynasties.
Chinese Myths and Fantasies (2)
Scholars and critics have written about the special features of Chinese mythology. Among the most obvious are:...
Chinese Myths and Fantasies (3)
In style and art of writing, both early and later mythical stories are superb. Classical Chinese is extremely concise. A few hundred, even a few dozen words are enough to tell a story complete with dialogue and behavioral and psychological descriptions. Take The Foolish Old Man Removes the Mountains. After he heard that the Foolish Old Man of North Mountain had begun digging the Taihang and Wangwu Mountains.