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Ancient Chinese Fables


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translated by Yang Hsien-Yi and Gladys Yang, illustrations by Feng Tse-Kai
pp. 60, ill. b/n, Pechino (Cina)
data stampa: 1957
codice isbn: 7353

In ancient Chinese literature we find many fables. They have lived on for hundreds of years in men's hearts and, constantly on their lips, have become a precious part of our national heritage.

The golden age of Chinese fables was during the third and the fourth century B.C.
This was the era in Chinese history usually known as the Warring States Period, when society was undergoing rapid changes. Influenced by the spirit of the age, many different schools of thought fiourished, resulting in great advances in culture and philosophy. The heritage of the past was studied, summarized, and recorded for posterity, and in these records some of the best and oldest fables were preserved.

Many works dating from the Warring States Period embody fables, outstanding examples being Lieh Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Mencius, Yin Wen Tzu, Han Fei Tzu, The Discourses of Lü Pu-wei and the Warring States Anecdotes.

During that period, fables proved extremely useful weapons in debate. Outstanding philosophers, politicians, or orators who wished to realize their ideals by political means were expert in using them...

Indice:

THE TOMTIT AND THE GIANT ROC


TRE OINTMENT FOR CHAPPED HANDS


TRE BIRD KILLED BY KINDNESS


LEARNING THE WRONG THING

TRE ART OF CARVING DRAGONS

HOW TWO SHEPHERD BOYS LOST THEIR SHEEP THE FROG IN THE WELL

TRE CARP IN THE DRY RUT

THREE CHESTNUTS OR FOUR

SUSPICION

FELLING THE PLANE TREE

HOW THE FOOL MOVED MOUNTAINS


TRE TITLE-DEED LOST ON THE ROAD


THE MAN WHO SAW NOBODY


PRESENTING DOVES

TOO MANY PATHS

THE PRINCE AND HIS BOW


PAINTING GHOSTS

IVORY CHOPSTICKS

TRE DOG WHO SOURED WINE

WHY TSENG SHEN KILLED THE PIG

THE MAN WHO PRETENDED HE COULD PLAY REED PIPES

THE MAN WHO SOLD SPEARS AND SHIELDS

THE CRUMBLING WALL

A RECIPE FOR IMMORTALITY

WAITING FOR A HARE TO TURN UP

BUYING A PAIR OF SHOES

SELLING THE CASKET WITHOUT THE PEARLS

HOW TWO WATER SNAKES MOVED HOUSE


THE BOW AND THE ARROW

THE CONCEITED COACHMAN

THE LORD WHO LOVED DRAGONS


THE CHICKEN THIEF

HELPING YOUNG SHOOTS TO GROW


LEARNING TO PLAY DRAUGHTS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIFTY YARDS AND A HUNDRED


THE SNIPE AND THE MUSSEL


THE FOX WHO PROFITED BY TRE TIGER'S MIGHT


TRE RUMOUR ABOUT TSENG SHEN

TRE WRONG DIRECTION

DRAWING A SNAKE WITH LEGS

BORROWING THE LIGHT

WHICH WAS THE MORE HANDSOME


BUYING A GOOD HORSE

TRE CLAY FIGURE AND TRE WOODEN IMAGE


MARKING TRE BOAT TO LOCATE THE SWORD


STEALING THE BELL

THE SON OF A GOOD SWIMMER


PUNISHING TRE HORSE

THE CLEVER OLD WOMAN


LAMENTING A MOTHER'S DEATH

THE BLIND MAN AND THE LAME MAN

WRO DESERVED TRE PLACE OF HONOUR


THE OWL MOVES HOUSE

THE USE OF PARABLES


A PARABLE ON STUDY

THE CICADA, THE PRAYING MANTIS AND THE SPARROW


THE DRAGON WHO CRANGED INTO A FISH

ON WEARING ARMOUR

THE FUR AND THE RIDE

THE REFLECTION OF THE BOW


THE PIG WITH THE WHITE HEAD


THE HOLY EEL


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