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Meine Rezension ist unter Band 1 Creation of the Gods zu finden Meine Rezension ist unter Band 1 Creation of the Gods zu finden As another reviewer noted, this is one of the five great classic Chinese novels I read them all on a Chinese culture kick, and at the risk of sounding like a philistine, Three Kingdoms and Outlaws of the Marsh were each a bit of a slog, Dream of the Red Chamber was too foreign to my experience for me to relate to the characters, and Journey to the West was didactic and repetitive.Creation of the Gods is as close to perfection as any book I ve read.Let s put aside the whole cultural aspect of th As another reviewer noted, this is one of the five great classic Chinese novels I read them all on a Chinese culture kick, and at the risk of sounding like a philistine, Three Kingdoms and Outlaws of the Marsh were each a bit of a slog, Dream of the Red Chamber was too foreign to my experience for me to relate to the characters, and Journey to the West was didactic and repetitive.Creation of the Gods is as close to perfection as any book I ve read.Let s put aside the whole cultural aspect of this work, because it s completely unnecessary to recommend it for that reason and it might actually turn some people off This story is just so damn entertaining There s midair kung fu fights, heroes and villains who are believably motivated, comic interludes that are actually funny, all set against a backdrop of realpolitik and shifting allegiances and telling a truly epic story that is very loosely based on historical events Timeless, authentic feeling vignettes of domestic life introduce many of the characters in memorable ways lecherous King Zhou, King Wu s dutiful sons, Nezha s relationships with his father and mother and Jiang Ziya s commercial misfortune and short lived marriage will all resonate with a modern reader, I think And when it s all over, you ll find yourself pondering the ruler and the ruled s obligations to each other, God s or Gods relationship to humankind, the nature of duty, rights and morals and what this whole good and evil thing really means.I got the Beijing University Press edition two volumes, hardback and I m very happy with it The translation is excellent, with none of the archaic or purposely foreign sounding phrasing that is sometimes used in translations of this sort, presumably to make thingsexotic or authentic The book is nicely illustrated and designed and just so well made that it makes contemporary Western hardcovers hang their heads in shame Seriously, this is an heirloom quality edition.Did I mention I really like this book Because I really like this book `Kindle ⇛ Creation of the Gods (Volume II) ⇢ Creation of the Gods, published in the Ming Dynasty , is the most popular and one of the best, if not also the best written, Chinese classics of mythical literature It begins with the grand pilgrimage of King Zhou of the Shang DynastyBCBC , the most notorious tyrant in Chinese legend, to worship the Goddess Nu Wa, the creator of mankind in Chinese mythology, on her birthday The beauty of the goddess completely bewitched the monarch and sets him on fire with lust His poem written on the wall to express his deep love for the goddess infuriates her She decided to punish the king and bring an end to the Shang Dynasty The novel culminates with the crowning of King Wu of Zhou DynastyBC BC and the canonization of gods by his prime minister Jiang Ziya However, the Chinese was a nation mostly composed of polytheists, who believed that there were numerous gods in the Three RealmsHeaven, World, and Hell that rules over everything in this world and created various deities to suit their varied desires and needs Most of the gods anti deities were posthumously canonized historical national heroes and upright officials who were believed to have been heavenly deities sent to this world to deliver mankind from misery In fact the roots of many of such popular beliefs and legend are found in Creation of the Gods Therefore, the novel is not simply a piece of literature, but very much an agglomeration of folk beliefs and religion It is in fact a valuable and indispensable tool in understanding the Chinese folk culture