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Chinese mythology: The Magic Locus Lantern

There is no doubt that storytelling in China, as elsewhere, is as old as its civilization. People have been telling stories for millennia to educate and entertain. Chinese parents and grandparents have been using storytelling to make their children and grandchildren aware of the importance of academic advancement and filial piety. (Pearson and Rao 2003, 131–146).

One of the stories that have been known and loved by generations of Chinese children is The Magic Locus Lantern.

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Chinese mythology: Nezha Riots the Seas

Chinese mythology is a collection of cultural history, folktales, and religions that have been passed down in oral or written tradition, including creation myths and legends and myths concerning the founding of Chinese culture and the Chinese state. Like many mythologies, it has in the past been believed to be, at least in part, a factual recording of history.

One of the major vernacular Chinese epic fantasy novels written about myths and legends is Fengshen Yanyi, translated as The Investiture of the Gods or The Creation of the Gods.

There all altogether 100 stories in Fengshen Yanyi, in which numerous elements of Chinese mythology are intertwined, including gods and goddesses, immortals and spirits.

One story is about a little boy named Nezha. The story about him is called Nezha Riots the Seas, also called also known as Nezha Conquers the Dragon King. It is an exciting classical Chinese folk tale that has been known and loved by generations of Chinese children.

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Chinese mythology: Pangu and Nüwa

Out of the Chinese story books DD’s uncle sent to her, there was one book talking about the creators of the world: Pangu and Nüwa. Although this book is bit deep for DD’s age, I still read to her once a while.

This book features a synthesis of three stories about Pangu and Nüwa from classical Chinese mythology, which is a collection of cultural history, folktales, and religions that have been passed down in oral or written tradition, including creation myths and legends and myths concerning the founding of Chinese culture and the Chinese state.

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