• Mythology: Asian Myths, Gods, Heroes, Stories, and Legends

  • By: Jane Hampton
  • Narrated by: Christopher Knight
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Mythology: Asian Myths, Gods, Heroes, Stories, and Legends

By: Jane Hampton
Narrated by: Christopher Knight
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Publisher's Summary

This is your lucky day! You just got a book of three manuscripts for a discounted price. Do yourself a favor and pick up this fascinating account of Chinese folklore and mythology, which includes the following three books:

Book 1: As you begin to listen to this book, you will become familiar with all the gods and goddesses of Chinese culture. The historical context will become clear, as well as the institutions, the law, the rules about sexuality, marriage, and children, and so much more. Understanding these aspects of their society before fully becoming engaged in the folklore that was the popular belief at the time is essential to your comprehension of the cultural anecdotes in those tales. Towards the end of the book, you’ll also learn about Confucianism, Monism, Taoism, Buddhism, and other dominating religious or spiritual paths that have been common in China.

Book 2: Have you ever heard about the Old Mother of Waters? How about Miao Shan? Or the medicine god? The Chinese had so many gods that it was probably a huge task to remember or memorize them all. For almost everything, there was either a god or a goddess.

But a simple list of all the gods wouldn’t suffice to satisfy your appetite for the mystery of religious history in this massive country. So to help you enjoy the book, the intricate stories of betrayal, supernatural powers, love, and hatred are described in detail in this guide. You will learn about the fire and water gods the Chinese believed in, the ruler of the heavens they perceived, and the complicated patterns some of these heroes or villains supposedly created in their lives.

Book 3: In this book in the series, the most important legends from China will come to light. You will listen to the famous monkey who became a god through his clever trickery and struggles, for instance. This is an amazing story that has inspired millions to depict the protagonist in paintings, sculptures, and other art works. Another interesting story that has been shown in Asian movies in great detail is the battle of all the Chinese gods. The eight immortals that are mentioned in Chinese mythology will be described, and so many other things that will keep you listening.

©2019 Jane Hampton (P)2020 Jane Hampton
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  • Categories: History

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Engaging content

I could keep listening to this for a long time. Those Chinese had some interesting ideas about the invisible realm of deities. Crazy stuff. Very fun to listen to, though.

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Nice book

Nice book bundle of 3. Yes, there are 3 in there. So it's a complete series. I also had the feeling that these Chinese mythology books were in the right sequence, and that it wasn't just a random selection of different elements or stories. There was a chronological order to it. Well organized by the author and narrated nicely by the voice actor.

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Fascinating

The history, the background and the mythology of the ancient orient is just fascinating to me. This book is long enough to stay engaged and happy with what is being told. Since the Chinese always speak in proverbs, I would say: The story is like a skirt: Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to keep it exciting.

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Incredibly good

Incredibly good. That's what I feel. I listened to this audiobook, and it was really inspiring. It might have had a few mistakes, but they didn't take away anything from the incredible information that this book contains. You can discover a ton. I definitely know that I did.

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Very good

The author unquestionably knows how to state it nicely. There are so many aspects I liked about this book, but I can only say so much. I benefitted from this audiobook. It was really an eye-opener. I was wanting to find out more about this concept anyway, so it was actually no coincidence that I came across this. I listened to it, and not to my surprise, it was exactly what I was searching for.

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Good myths

I simply just intended to write something positive about this book. Not only did this particular book sound like it was top quality, but it also taught me important aspects of life, and about this concept in particular, obviously. So, it absolutely deserves a few hard-earned stars. I understand I am certainly not the best of testimonial writers, but this deserves appreciation. The writer and storyteller have undoubtedly put a lot time and energy into these audiobooks.