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Tun-huang Popular Narratives

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Tun-huang Popular Narratives by Victor H Mair
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Tun-huang Popular Narratives presents authoritative translations of four vernacular Chinese stories, taken from fragmentary texts usually referred to as pien-wen or 'transformation texts'. Dating from the late T'ang (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-959) periods, the texts were discovered early this century in a cave at Tun-huang, in Chinese Central Asia. However, written down in an early colloquial language by semi-literate individuals and posing formidable philological problems, the texts have not been studied critically before. Nevertheless they represent the only surviving primary evidence of a widespread and flourishing world of popular entertainment during these centuries. The tales deal with both religious (mostly Buddhist) and secular themes, and make exciting and vivid reading.
Release date NZ
November 10th, 1983
Author
Contributors
Series edited by Denis Twitchett Series edited by Patrick Hannan
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
340
Dimensions
161x242x24
ISBN-13
9780521247610
Product ID
1970312

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