MAE (Kunstkamera), RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia
“YI JIAN'S RECORDS”: THREE TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL
Abstract.The present paper features a translation of three stories from a famous prose collection by an eminent Song scholar and man of letters Hong Mai, entitled Yi jian zhi (“夷堅志”, “Yi Jian's Records”), containing more than two thousand tales treating of magical events, astonishing situations and supernatural beings. Each tale is translated and accompanied by comprehensive historical and ethnographic notes, elucidating the details necessary to understand the realities and beliefs therein related.
Keywords:Old Chinese prose, Chinese concepts of the supernatural, Yi jian zhi, Hong Mai
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Received by the Editorial Board:21.11.2017