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By Brian Griffith

ISBN-10: 1935259148

ISBN-13: 9781935259145

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“A worthwhile historic reference guide.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is a truly formidable and well timed booklet, a e-book that many historians, literary theorists and tale tellers who care approximately China and its “Other 1/2 the Sky” are looking to write, yet Brian Griffith did it first, with such scope, ease and fun.” —WANG PING, writer of The final Communist Virgin and Aching for good looks: Footbinding in China

“This publication is a most attractive and enjoyable learn, and the intensity of its scholarship is fantastic. Griffith vividly describes the counterculture of chinese language goddesses, indicates that their interesting tales are alive and energetic at the present time, and issues us towards a extra inclusive and being concerned partnership future.” —RIANE EISLER, writer of The actual Wealth of countries: making a being concerned Economics and The Chalice and the Blade: Our background, Our Future

Touching mainly tale of China—from Neolithic villages to a globalized Shanghai—this e-book ties mythology, archaeology, background, faith, folklore, literature, and journalism right into a millennia-spanning tale approximately how chinese language women—and their goddess traditions—fostered a counterculture that thrives and grows greater each day.

As Brian Griffith charts the tales of China’s founding moms, shamanesses, goddesses, and traditional heroines, he additionally explores the mostly untold tale of women’s contributions to cultural lifestyles within the world’s largest society and offers suggestion for all international citizens.

Brian Griffith grew up in Texas, studied background on the college of Alberta, and now lives simply outdoors of Toronto, Ontario. he's an self sustaining historian who examines how cultural historical past affects our lives, and the way collective adventure deals insights for our future.

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There are many possible attitudes to translation, but my own method has been to try to get as close as possible to the original, even at the risk of inelegance. It would of course be possible to make Sima Qian sound as if he were writing in the late twentieth century, but it seems to me that more might be lost than gained. The language may occasionally appear too honorific or humilific for contemporary tastes, but I have preferred to render it as accurately as possible, although the words may sometimes be as empty xxxvi Note on the Text as the ‘dear sirs’ and ‘yours faithfullys’ of epistolary English.

The King of Qin has grown old,’ said Lü Buwei, ‘and Lord Anguo has managed to become crown prince. 4 The First Emperor I hear that Lord Anguo is especially fond of the Lady Huayang, but she is childless. But the only one who can establish a successor is the Lady Huayang. Now you, sir, have more than twenty brothers and, what is more, you occupy only a middling position among them, so that you are not highly favoured, and for a long time you have been held hostage in another state. ’ ‘You, sir, are poor and a stranger here,’ said Lü Buwei, ‘and it is not the case that you possess the means to offer gifts to relatives or secure pledges of support from visitors.

Once Lü Buwei and Lao Ai, with whom the King of Qin had grown increasingly angry, were both dead, he recalled all Lao Ai’s retainers who had been deported to Shu. In the nineteenth year of the First Emperor, the Queen Dowager passed away. She was given the posthumous title of Empress Dowager, and she was buried in the same grave as King Zhuangxiang at Zhiyang. The Grand Historiographer* says: ‘Buwei and Lao Ai were honoured, and the former was enfeoffed as Marquis of Wenxin. When somebody reported Lao Ai, Ai heard about it.

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