Wandering Spirits: Chen Shiyuan’s Encyclopedia of Dreams

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University of California Press, Apr 21, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
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Dreams have been taken seriously in China for at least three millennia. Wandering Spirits is a translation and study of the most comprehensive work on dream culture in traditional China—Lofty Principles of Dream Interpretation (Mengzhan yizhi), compiled in 1562 by Chen Shiyuan and periodically reprinted up to the modern era. The best introduction to the diversity of ideas held by the educated class about dreams, this unique treatise compiles various theories, Chen's own comments concerning the nature of dreams and their role in waking life, and almost seven hundred examples assembled from a wide range of literary sources. This annotated translation is accompanied by a full-length introduction that surveys the evolution of Chinese dream culture and the role of Chen Shiyuan and his encyclopedia.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preface
51
The True Controller
55
The LongWillow Method
58
Day and Night
60
The Various Forms of Divination
63
The Disciple of Emptiness
66
The Sage
78
Utensils and Things
147
Valuables and Goods
154
Brush and Ink
158
Written Graphs
169
The Official Examinations
177
Gods and Strange Things
191
Longevity and Destiny
208
The Feng and Other Birds
215

The Six Types of Dreams
80
The Ancient Methods of Interpretation
84
Auspicious Events
88
Influences and Abnormal Conditions
91
Heaven
103
Sun and Moon
108
Thunder and Rain
115
Mountains and Rivers
120
Forms and Appearances
130
Food and Clothing
138
Animals
220
Dragons and Snakes
228
Turtles and Fish
234
Plants and Trees
239
Reward and Retribution
244
On General Analogies
251
List of Sources
257
Index
273
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Richard E. Strassberg is Professor of Chinese at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Inscribed Landscapes: Travel Writing from Imperial China and A Chinese Bestiary: Strange Creatures from the Guideways through Mountains and Seas (both from UC Press) among other books.

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