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By Charles Alfred Speed Williams

Achieve a deeper appreciation for chinese language artwork and structure by way of knowing its symbols. The Yin and Yang, dragon, phoenix, 5 components, and different symbols are defined of their historic and cultural context. chinese language Symbolism and artwork Motifs additionally comprises articles on chinese language ideals, customs, arts and crafts, meals, agriculture and medication. initially released in 1941, this can be the normal reference book, Read more...

summary: achieve a deeper appreciation for chinese language paintings and structure via knowing its symbols. The Yin and Yang, dragon, phoenix, 5 components, and different symbols are defined of their historic and cultural context. chinese language Symbolism and artwork Motifs additionally comprises articles on chinese language ideals, customs, arts and crafts, meals, agriculture and drugs. initially released in 1941, this is often the normal reference ebook, with over four hundred illustrations to assist make clear and outline this historical, advanced tradition

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TERENCE BARROW, Ph. D. Introduction All the inhabitants of oriental countries, and especially those of the Flowery Land, are gifted with a vivid imagination—a quality of important constructive value. This high development of the imaginative powers is very largely due to the reaction created by the complicated symbolism of the ancient folklore. In a civilization which has a longer recorded history than that of any other nation, it is not to be wondered at that in China many interesting old classical legends have been handed down from generation to generation, and the manners and customs of the people have naturally been influenced thereby to a very considerable degree.

Some of the Chinese exports are beautiful yet far from typical. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, scholars got to the principles of real Chinese art. Private collectors and museums then acquired the vast collections now to be seen in America and Europe. America has superb collections of Chinese art in institutions from Boston and Washington in the East to San Francisco and Honolulu in the West. Archaeological finds in China are now protected by the Chinese communist government, a happy change from the times prior to World War II, when tomb robbing was a profession made lucrative by Western demand for Chinese art objects.

Different versions of the same legend will be found in different localities; these are geographical variations. , the early folklore was animistic and therapeutic in its application to the human requirements of the times. The mere fact that corresponding legends exist in countries so far apart as China, Africa, and Iceland, is in itself no conclusive argument of early communication or connection between their respective inhabitants. ”1 Their religious observances at present are chiefly a blend of Confucianism (儒), Taoism (道), Buddhism (釋), and Lamaism (啊 嘛 教)—a modified form of Buddhism.

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