By Robert Ford Campany
Between three hundred and six hundred C.E., chinese language writers compiled millions of debts of the unusual and the extreme. a few defined bizarre spirits, customs, and natural world in far away lands. a few depicted members of surprising non secular or ethical success. yet such a lot instructed of standard people’s encounters with ghosts, demons, or gods; sojourns within the land of the lifeless; eerily major desires; and uncannily actual premonitions. the choice of such tales awarded the following offers an desirable creation to early medieval chinese language storytelling and opens a doorway to the enchanted global of suggestion, tradition, and non secular trust of that period. often called zhiguai, or “accounts of anomalies,” they impart very much approximately how humans observed the cosmos and their position in it. The stories have been circulated simply because they have been exciting but additionally simply because their compilers intended to record the mysterious workings of spirits, the wonders of unique locations, and the character of the afterlife.
A choice of greater than 200 stories, A backyard of Marvels bargains an authoritative but obtainable advent to zhiguai writings, quite these by no means ahead of translated or accurately researched. This quantity will most probably locate its method to bedside tables in addition to into study rooms and libraries, simply as collections of zhiguai did in early medieval times.
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A Garden of Marvels: Tales of Wonder from Early Medieval China by Robert Ford Campany