Shape of the Turtle, The: Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China
Many Chinese philosophic concepts derive from an ancient cosmology. This work is the first reconstructions of the mythic thought of the Shang Dynasty (ca. 1700- 1100 B.C.) which laid the foundation for later Chinese patterns of thought. Allan regards the myth, cosmology, divination, sacrificial ritual, and art of the Shang as different manifestations of a common religious system and each is examined in turn, building up a coherent and consistent picture. Although primarily concerned with the Shang, this work also describes the manner in which Shang thought was transformed in the later textual tradition.
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Review: The Shape of the TurtleUser Review - Latique - Goodreads
An interesting read, but completely bogged down with the characters used for oracle bone divination and how they might represent more modern Chinese characters. The mythology and looking at images on ... Read full review