Creation of the Gods (Volume II) By Xu Zhonglin

    Creation

    Meine Rezension ist unter Band 1 (Creation of the Gods) zu finden. Science Fiction Fantasy
    There are Five Classic Chinese Novels that stand above all other Chinese novels and Creation of the Gods is one of them. All are available in at least one English translation.

    Five Classic Chinese Novels

    1. Outlaws of the Marsh (aka The Marshes of Mt. Liang, aka All Men Are Brothers)
    2. Three Kingdoms
    3. Journey to the West (aka Monkey)
    4. The Story of the Stone (aka The Dream of the Red Chamber)
    5. Creation of the Gods

    All of these are magificent, epic novels. They are all worth the investment of the considerable time it takes to read them.

    As one review noted above, they lack indices and reference material for the English reader.

    For three of these novels, I have created a set of reader aides that include indices, notes on the appearance of characters, consistency between translations and chapter-by-chapter outlines and synopses.

    These reading aides are called The Somewhat Less Than Critical Commentaries because my target audience is the reader who approaches these books as entertainment. The websites exist for Outlaws of the Marsh, Creation of the Gods, and Three Kingdoms.
    They are hosted by the Poison Pie Publishing House and are available free of charge here.

    On a related note, the Poison Pie Publishing House has recently published a novel, The Sutra of Reverse Possession, which includes as a major character, Earth Traveler Sun, one of the 365 gods created in Creation of the Gods. More information on The Sutra of Reverse Possession is available here.

    Science Fiction Fantasy

    Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty (11368-1644), is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best-written, Chinese classics of mythical literature.

    It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang Dynasty (1700 B.C.-1100 B.C.), the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology, on her birthday. The beauty of the goddess completely bewitched the monarch and sets him on fire with lust. His poem written on the wall to express his deep love for the goddess infuriates her. She decided to punish the king and bring an end to the Shang Dynasty. The novel culminates with the crowning of King Wu of Zhou Dynasty (1066 B.C.256 B.C.) and the canonization of gods by his prime minister Jiang Ziya.

    However, the Chinese was a nation mostly composed of polytheists, who believed that there were numerous gods in the Three RealmsHeaven, World, and Hell-that rules over everything in this world and created various deities to suit their varied desires and needs. Most of the gods anti deities were posthumously canonized historical national heroes and upright officials who were believed to have been heavenly deities sent to this world to deliver mankind from misery. In fact the roots of many of such popular beliefs and legend are found in Creation of the Gods.

    Therefore, the novel is not simply a piece of literature, but very much an agglomeration of folk beliefs and religion. It is in fact a valuable and indispensable tool in understanding the Chinese folk culture.

    Creation of the Gods (Volume II)

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