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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 久 jiǔ – for a long time
Chinese character 久 jiǔ – for a long time

Chinese character 久 jiǔ – for a long time 1. for a long time.2. long. HSK - 3 STROKES - 3 RADICAL - 丿Elements  ----  Pictogram of a modified person. Phonetic series 久. Pictogram of a person 人= ⺈ with something in his leg, possibly some fetters that force him to walk...

Ethnic groups

The Flood Myth, Shamans and the Sani Religion
The Flood Myth, Shamans and the Sani Religion

The Flood Myth, Shamans and the Sani Religion We continue with the second chapter of Paul Vial “Los Lolos”, in which fragments dedicated to the myth of the flood and the activities of its shamans are particularly striking. CHAPTER II - RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS These...

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Description of Mount Taishan in 1870
Description of Mount Taishan in 1870

Description of Mount Taishan in 1870 You know I love to read testimonials from the past about travel and culture in China. Some of the authors who were writing at that time didn't have much opportunity to know more or their goal was simply to share their experience or...

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