In the realm of the Gods : lands, myths, and legends of China / Victoria Cass
Beijing, China : Foreign Languages Press ; South San Francisco, CA : Long River Press, c2007
xiii, 198 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm
"Take a journey in this book to a land that is both stunning and subtle, back to the places where tales of magic were born. In the Realm of the Gods is the first book to tell China's rich folk traditions and tales of the natural and supernatural in a unique way - by geographic region. The result is a Grand Tour through China." "The stories of China's ancient capitals, its sacred mountains, rivers, trade routes and caravans, lush gardens, and mysterious grottoes, all serve as the setting for a magical journey through all points on the compass. Here are the stories of kings, ghosts, spirits, warriors, scholars, and magical realms in a landscape potent with history."
"In the Realm of the Gods also goes where no other book on China's myths and legends has gone before by featuring stunning photography from some of China's most critically acclaimed landscape photographers. Their studies of abandoned villas, vertiginous cliffs, night-time pathways and temples at dusk give us an unprecedented visual setting of the tales themselves, showing us where mortals, demons and gods have - for centuries - belonged."--BOOK JACKET
Introduction: Sacred Travelers -- Pt. 1. The North -- Xi'an and the Route West -- Guan Yin -- The Golden Millet Dream -- White Horse -- Fan Yuqi and the First Emperor -- The Foreign Monk -- Beijing -- Assassination -- The Grand Secretary and the Obscene Book -- The Annoying Ghost -- Shandong -- Followed by Good Ghosts -- Words in Blood -- Pt. 2. Yangtze Delta -- Hangzhou -- Crazy Ji -- The Courtesan and the Immortal -- Lady White -- The Girl in the Temple -- Suzhou and the Canal Towns -- The Garden in the Dream -- Snowy Night -- The Grandee and the Storyteller -- The Fox Wife -- The Emperor and the Useless Ghosts -- Putuoshan and Ningbo -- Miao Shan -- The Old Library -- Pt. 3. Mountains of the South -- Huangshan -- The Tiger Fairy -- Guilin -- The Woman Warrior -- Cai Jing and the Sorceress -- The Sea-Toad Immortal -- Yangtze Gorges -- Qu Yuan -- Pt. 4. The Earth, the Sun, the Moon -- The Creation of the World -- The Goddess of the Sun Xi He