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by Xu Zhonglin,Dai Dunbang,Dai Hongjie,Gu Zhizhong


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by Xu Zhonglin (Author), Dai Dunbang (Illustrator), Dai Hongjie (Illustrator), Gu Zhizhong (Translator) & 1 more. This was a translated version of the second major Chinese mythological epic that I read recently, the other being .

by Xu Zhonglin (Author), Dai Dunbang (Illustrator), Dai Hongjie (Illustrator), Gu Zhizhong (Translator) & 1 more. Creation of the Gods" is a story in two volumes (over a thousand pages in total). I have managed to complete "Creation of the Gods", and while I enjoyed the read (for a two-volume book, it reads quickly), I must confess I am a bit disappointed. However, I think that the translation is pretty poor.

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Creation of the Gods book. Dai Hongjie (Illustrator). Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best-written, Chinese classics of mythical literature. Xu Zhonglin, Gu Zhizhong (Translator). Dai Dunbang (Illustrator). Creation of the Gods (Volume I). by.

Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty (11368-1644), is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best-written, Chinese classics of mythical literature

Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty (11368-1644), is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best-written, Chinese classics of mythical literature. It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty (1700 . the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology, on her birthday. His poem written on the wall to express his deep love for the goddess infuriates her. She decided to punish the king and bring an end to the Shang Dynasty.

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Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty (11368-1644), is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best-written, Chinese classics of mythical literature.

It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty (1700 B.C.-1100 B.C.), the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology, on her birthday. The beauty of the goddess completely bewitched the monarch and sets him on fire with lust. His poem written on the wall to express his deep love for the goddess infuriates her. She decided to punish the king and bring an end to the Shang Dynasty. The novel culminates with the crowning of King Wu of Zhou Dynasty (1066 B.C.256 B.C.) and the canonization of gods by his prime minister Jiang Ziya.

However, the Chinese was a nation mostly composed of polytheists, who believed that there were numerous gods in the Three RealmsHeaven, World, and Hell-that rules over everything in this world and created various deities to suit their varied desires and needs. Most of the gods anti deities were posthumously canonized historical national heroes and upright officials who were believed to have been heavenly deities sent to this world to deliver mankind from misery. In fact the roots of many of such popular beliefs and legend are found in Creation of the Gods.

Therefore, the novel is not simply a piece of literature, but very much an agglomeration of folk beliefs and religion. It is in fact a valuable and indispensable tool in understanding the Chinese folk culture.


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Wishamac
I was really not wanting to pay so much money for a sad little paperback, like in the picture, but I ordered the hardback version and hoped for the best. I was so pleased when it arrived! The hardback (ISBN 7-80005-134-X, published in 1992) is an attractive navy blue with gilt and red on the spine, and a salmon-orangey ribbon bookmark incorporated into the binding. The chapter heads have nice little pen-and-ink line drawings, and there's a number of full-page black and white line-drawing illustrations in the style of Chinese woodcuts.

The content itself is fabulous, of course. The chapters flow into each other so that it's easy to read more in a sitting than you intend. ("The kingdom sank into chaos..." / "As so-and-so fell to the ground, this-other-person trod on his neck, ready to deal with him..." / "With so-and-so's approval, this-guy mounted his jade unicorn and rode out of the city, hammers in hand. Galloping to the gates of the Shang camp, he gave a challenge..." followed by "...If you want to know what happened after that, please read the next chapter.") Even though the book itself was originally written back when Michelangelo was painting and Palladio was building and Shakespeare was a little boy, the story and translation are delightfully approachable.

I had read this about 15-20 years ago and wanted to revisit it. I had thought about reading it to my kids (7 and 4), because it's so full of adventure and generals and swashbuckling and supernatural creatures and colorful place and people names. A few pages in, I reminded myself why they weren't quite old enough yet--- it's also full of things like, "Hey, let's throw people naked into pits full of snakes to be eaten alive" or "Hi, I'm gonna be honest with you, I just seduced your sister, a nun, because she's so much prettier than you, but it's okay, because both of y'all can be my concubines now" or "Oh, my, I'm going to die if you don't make me a soup made out of your uncle's heart." Then again, the whole premise behind the story is, "Hey, the king has lost the path of righteousness, so the government's gotta collapse, and I'm gonna make sure it happens," so you're going to expect a whole lot of good guys to die bad, unjust deaths.
Ericaz
This was a translated version of the second major Chinese mythological epic that I read recently, the other being W.J.F. Jenner's excellent translation of "Journey to the West" (reviewed elsewhere, and equally worth reading). "Creation of the Gods" is a story in two volumes (over a thousand pages in total).
Based on true historical events in ancient China three thousand years ago but given a major mythical twist, "Creation of the Gods" (or more accurately "Canonization of the Gods") tells the story of the rebellion against, and the fall of, the degenerate and tyranical last emperor of the Shang Dynasty, the rise of the benevolent first emperor of the Zhou Dynasty, and the subsequent canonization of the fallen warriors of both sides as gods in the Chinese pantheon.
The story begins with King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty visiting the temple of Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind, and insulting her with his lust by writing a love poem dedicated to her on the temple wall. Greatly angered, the Goddess sends a beautiful fox-spirit to bewitch the king, causing him to indulge in all kinds of evil deeds and sensual pleasures, and to neglect his official affairs. Encouraged by the fox-spirit, the king becomes increasingly degenerate and cruel, causing his officials to renounce him and to rebel against the Shang dynasty one after another, pledging their allegiance to King Wu of the Zhou dynasty and his prime minister, Jiang Ziya.
Bulk of the book deals with the war between forces loyal to the dying Shang dynasty and those of the rising Zhou dynasty. Warriors with magical powers are applenty, and Chinese readers should have no problem recognising their beloved folk heroes and mythical gods, including such colorful characters as the Third Prince Nezha with his three heads and eight arms and his magical weapons (a lance, a ring, a coverlet and a pair of fire wheels) and his brothers Jinzha and Muzha, the warrior god Yang Jian (also called the Little Sage Erlang in "Journey to the West") with his all-seeing mystical third eye, 72 magical transformations and his immortal demon-subduing dog (hey, the Chinese had a superdog three thousand years before Superman had Krypto!), Thunderbolt the thunder god, the four Heavenly Kings (commonly seen as temple guardians in Chinese Buddhist temples) and Li Jing, the pagoda bearing heavenly general. These characters also make cameo appearances in "Journey to the West" (another good read!).
The chapters do get repetitive at times, with King Zhou committing ever more heinous crimes (such as tying loyal officials to red-hot burning bronze pillars for admonishing his behaviour, gouging the eyes of his queen and burning off her hands, cutting out the heart of his uncle, forcing his chief political rival to eat buns made from the flesh of said rival's own son, throwing innocent palace maids into pits full of poisonous snakes, cutting the legs off innocent citizens and splitting the bellies of pregnant women, to quote a few unsavory examples), while various and sundry warriors, magicians and spirits loyal to the Shang dynasty attempt to destroy the advancing Zhou army. Still, I managed to read both volumes in less than a week, enthralled as I was with the unfolding story of the march of the rebel forces towards Zhaoge, the capital of the Shang dynasty.
For lovers of Chinese classics, this two-volume epic is a must for your collection. For others unfamiliar with Chinese mythology and folk religion, the book may be a little difficult to appreciate at times, as it is chock-full of unbelievable superhuman feats from cover to cover. Now you know why "all Chinese people fly" in Chinese swords and sorcery/fantasy movies. *grin*
Creation of the Gods, Vol. 1 download epub
World Literature
Author: Xu Zhonglin,Dai Dunbang,Dai Hongjie,Gu Zhizhong
ISBN: 780005134X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: World Literature
Language: English
Publisher: New World Press; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 1992)
Pages: 551 pages