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A Guide to Chinese Mythology. Huang, Paoshan. Definition of Mythology. According to “Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory” : 1. Myth is a term used widely in literary criticism 2. Northrop Frye sees myth as the structural foundation of literature

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definition of mythology
Definition of Mythology

According to “Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory”:

1.Myth is a term used widely in literary criticism

2.Northrop Frye sees myth as the structural foundation of literature

3. A Myth is a story about a god or some other supernatural being; sometimes it concerns a deified human being or ruler of divine descent.

definition of mythology1
Definition of Mythology

4. Illustrates or explains the origin of the world.

5. Frye: ‘ It always means, first and primarily, mythos, story, plot, narrative.’

6. According to ‘New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy’:

‘The body of myths belonging to a culture. Myths are traditional stories about gods and heroes. (They often account for the basic aspects of existence — explaining, for instance, how the Earth was created, why people have to die, or why the year is divided into seasons. )’

the difference between greek m and chinese m
The Difference between Greek M. and Chinese M.

1. Greek m. were organized systematically; on the contrast, Chinese myths were told fragmentary.

2. The figures of Greek m. usually reflect human nature of common people.

3. The figures of Chinese m. usually represent a divinity of eternal beings.

stories
Stories

“Shān hăi jīng” 《山海經》

  • Kua Fu (夸父) who wished to capture the sun.
  • Jīng wèi(精衛)filling the sea
  • Cocooned horse(蠶馬)
  • Né zhā nào hăi (哪吒鬧海)