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

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

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.

杨福泉 (Yang Fuquan):

略论玉龙雪山的神圣空间信仰

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The formation of the sacred space in the human cosmology is the result of the long-term interaction between man and nature. As for ethnic minorities living in mountains, it is more often represented as sacred mountain worship. This article analyzes the connotation of the sacred space of Yulong Snow Mountain, including the unity of the Snow Mountain God and the National Protector, the ethnic relationship and the mirror image of historical events shown in the belief in the Snow Mountain God. Therefore, a very unique case has been provided for the study of the concept of human sacred space in the relationship between the sacred space of Yulong Snow Mountain and Naxi people’s view of human love, the view of "spiritual world in the mountain" that belongs only to people dying for love, the relationship between Yulong Snow Mountain and the foreign and native kingship, the sacred space belief form of Yulong Snow Mountain, and the close relationship between the emergence and change of sacred space belief and the social and cultural changes in specific periods.

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.