Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences / Mythical Animals as Representations of the Basic Ideas

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Issue
Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2008, Vol. 1, Issue 2
Authors
Volkova, Olesya N.
Contact information
Siberian Federal University, 79 Svobodny, Krasnoyarsk 660041 Russia, E-mail:
Keywords
Chinese mythology; “The Book of Mountains and Seas”; mythical animals; Chinese characters; graphic representations of mythical animals; symbolic model of the world
Abstract

This paper offers an original interpretation of the images of Chinese mythical animals selected from “The Book of Mountains and Seas”. The author interprets the images as representations of the basic principles of Chinese philosophy and assumes that these supernatural creatures reconstitute a symbolic zoomorphic model of the world. The paper also analyzes the Chinese characters representing mythical animals. This analysis reveals the divine nature of these mythical

Pages
253-259
Paper at repository of SibFU
http://elib.sfu-kras.ru/handle/2311/744

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