Bibliography Reading List: Folk Mythology

Publications collecting folk mythology.

Yunnan Folk Literature Collection Office:

白族神话传说集成

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A collection of Bai mythological stories.

Kenneth Dean and 郑振满 (Zheng Zhenman):

Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain

Historical Introduction to the Return of the Gods

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This book documents the revival of local popular religion in Putian, Fujian. Volume 1 provides a historical introduction to 153 regional ritual alliances made up of 724 villages. Volume 2 surveys the population, lineages, temples, gods, and annual rituals of these villages.

Kenneth Dean and 郑振满 (Zheng Zhenman):

Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain

A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities

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Making ingenious use of a wide variety of sources, and old as well as modern technical resources, Kenneth Dean and Zheng Zhenman here set a new standard for an histoire totale for a coherently well-defined cultural region in China.At the same time it deals in-depth with the ongoing negotiation of modernity in Chinese village rituals. Over the past thirty years, local popular religion has been revived and re-invented in the villages of the irrigated alluvial plain of Putian, Fujian, China. Volume 1 provides a historical introduction to the formation of 153 regional ritual alliances made up of 724 villages. Early popular cults, Ming lineages, Qing multi-village alliances, late Qing spirit-medium associations, 20th century state attacks on local religion, and the role of Overseas Chinese and local communities in rebuilding the temple networks are discussed. Volume 2 surveys the current population, lineages, temples, gods, and annual rituals of these villages. Maps of each ritual alliance, the distribution of major cults and lineages, are included.

李星华 (Li Xinghua):

白族民间故事传说集

A 1959 collection of Bai folk stories.

乌丙安 (Wu Bingan):

中国民间神谱

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This handbook of Chinese folk deities gives a relatively detailed explanation of several hundred deities.

朱霞 (Zhu Xia):

云南诺邓井盐生产民俗研究

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Research into folk customs related to salt production in Nuodeng village.