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Legends of the Mother Goddess: Intro
Legends of the Mother Goddess: Intro

From Leyendas de la Diosa Madre. Pedro Ceinos Arcones. Miraguano, 2007. Anyone who approaches the literature of the minorities of Southern China will discover numerous works where the leading role is played by a female goddess or deity. Whether dedicated to the...

Buddha as a true man: a different tale
Buddha as a true man: a different tale

In the fourth chapter of India in the Chinese Imagination: Myth, Religion, and Thought (edited by John Kieschnick and Meir Shahar, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014),  Nobuyoshi Yamabe contributes an article (Indian Myth Transformed in a Chinese Apocryphal Text:...

Yu garden in Shanghai: Archetype of Chinese garden
Yu garden in Shanghai: Archetype of Chinese garden

Pedro Ceinos Arcones. Yu garden in Shanghai: Archetype of Chinese garden. Dancing Dragons Books.  2019. (Excerpts from the book) The Yu Garden is Shanghai's main monument and the one that best summarizes the city's history over the past few centuries. A private garden...

The dog in China’s ancient tombs
The dog in China’s ancient tombs

Pedro Ceinos Arcones. La Magia del perro en China y el mundo.  Dancing Dragons Books.  2019. (Excerpts from the book) The dog in China’s ancient tombs In China, dogs buried with their owners have been discovered in archaeological sites belonging to the most important...

Some philosophical schools in Buddha’s times
Some philosophical schools in Buddha’s times

Peter Harvey. Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices. Cambridge University Press. 2013. (Excerpts from the book. Page 11 and ff.) In its origin, Buddhism was a Samana-movement. Samanas were wandering ‘renunciant’ thinkers who were somewhat akin to the early Greek...

The origin of Chinese characters
The origin of Chinese characters

The origin of Chinese characters in John C. Didier, “In and Outside the Square,” Sino-Platonic Papers, 192, vol. 1 (September, 2009) The technology of writing appears suddenly and morphologically fully developed on Shang oracle bones and, later, bronzes at about the...

The sacred Taishan mountain
The sacred Taishan mountain

Taishan Mountain, life and death in Chinese culture, according to the work of Edouard Chavannes  Mountains are, in China, divinities. They are considered as nature powers who act in a conscious way and who can, therefore, be made favourable by sacrifices and touched...

A Taoist exorcism séance
A Taoist exorcism séance

'My friend is going to conclude an exorcism service this morning and, if you are really so interested, he hopes you can come and witness it.' He paused uncertainly. 'But I must warn 86 you that it is not a pretty sight. Really it is most unpleasant, disgusting and...

Chinese superstitions before the birth
Chinese superstitions before the birth

To have five sons, rich, vigorous, literate and who become mandarins: this is the ideal of any Chinese family. From this matrix idea emerged the various types of popular images that are displayed in all households: Wu Zi Deng Ke (五子登科), Have five official children!...

Asking about Taoism
Asking about Taoism

Now is the time to ask him something about Taoism, I decided, and I poured out my questions. He looked up at me with his innocent, childish eyes, his smile gentle but, I thought, slightly ironical. 'Take time, observe and learn,' he said simply. 'Words spoken in haste...

Chinese characters

Chinese character 次 second, times
Chinese character 次 second, times

Chinese character 次 second, times second times, order inferior remain stand. HSK - 2 STROKES - 6 RADICAL - 冫Elements  ----  two 二  + open mouth 欠. Phonetic series 次. This is two 二 breaths (or two sneezes) with an open mouth 欠, emphasizing the second one. Second >...

Ethnic groups

To marry a goddess in Yunnan (Jinuo nationality)
To marry a goddess in Yunnan (Jinuo nationality)

Pedro Ceinos-Arcones. China's last but one matriarchy: The Jino of Yunnan. 2018 Jinuos’ main religious specialists are bailabao, mopei and zhalai or Blacksmith. The oldest man of the main clan in the village is called zhuoba or mother of the village; the oldest of the...

Chinese culture

Legends of the Mother Goddess: Intro
Legends of the Mother Goddess: Intro

From Leyendas de la Diosa Madre. Pedro Ceinos Arcones. Miraguano, 2007. Anyone who approaches the literature of the minorities of Southern China will discover numerous works where the leading role is played by a female goddess or deity. Whether dedicated to the...

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