Ancient Chinese history is largely a legendary collection of mythical lore and annals written centuries after they occurred. These takes about Chinas beginnings reveal the heroic figures and rich storytelling traditions of Chinese culture including: Pangu opening heaven to save the earth from chaos Nuwa creating man and repairing the vault of heaven Fuxi fixing the calendar by observing the heavens Shennong creating agriculture Cangjie inventing writing thus creating the basis for Chinese culture. Fragments of these myths and legends are found in Chinese paintings, wood artifacts, relief carvings, and lacquer art which are illustrated in this book along with informative text. Anyone interested in Chinese culture, philosophy, history, or art will find this collection a must-have volume for their bookshelf.
Zhang Dinghao, born in 1976, is a deputy editor of Shanghai Culture. His publications include the collection Now I've Seen my Love Again: Poetry and People in the Past. Huang Dehai is a deputy editor of the Sinan Literary Journal and is author of the collection Reading Now is Too Late and other works. He was born in 1977. Xiang Jing was born in 1981 and is also a deputy editor of the Sinan Literary Journal. Her works include the collection Expression in Our Time.