Collection of Chinese Folktales
Collection of Chinese Folktales, chief-edited by Zhong
Jingwen, is a reflection of the overall current states of oral folktales in
China. The works selected in this book are loyal records of the excellent
folktales spread among different ethnic minorities or regions. These works are
characterized by vivid national characteristics and outstanding art values and
are artistic gems for appreciation and collection. At the same time, they have
high academic value and constitute precious materials for the research of folk
literature and its relevant disciplines. Collection of Chinese Folktales is a
comprehensive encyclopedia of the diverse kinds of oral folktales works among
different ethnic communities of China. It is one of the most outstanding
hallmarks of folklore and is a bright jewel of the treasure-trove of world
Collection of Chinese Folktales covers diverse subjects and styles of oral
literature, among which there are myths, legends and various tales including
animal tales, imaginary tales, life tales, and folk jokes. It consists of 30
volumes with over 45,000,000 words, each of which is about 1.5 million words
with a large number of colored illustrations.
Collection of Chinese Folktales has been published 23 volumes and is to be
completed by 2005.
Myths are the main literature form of mankind in prehistory, and people's
"unconscious" artistic creations. There are many myths kept in the ancient
Chinese classics such as Zhuangzi, Haifeizi, Biography of Motianzi, Chuci, and
Shanhaijing. To this day, there have still been a lot of oral narrative myths
popular among all ethnic groups in China.
Folk legends, an aesthetically valuable form of
literature combining fictional imagination and realistic description on the
basis of historical facts, widely spread in China. Chinese folk legends include
figure legends and local customs and lifestyles.
Chinese story-telling dates back to over 2,000 years ago and it is still
popular nowadays. It is an important mass entertainment, which sometimes is
called "Telling ancient stories", "Telling making-up stories", "Giving
Longmenzhen" (Chatting) or "Expounding the text of Buddhism".