Chinese myths have been passed down through the oral tradition for thousands of years. In many Chinese tales, there is no clear separation between the mythical and the real, between heaven and earth. These myths weave together figures from conflicting time periods, differing religions and philosophies.
Author Irene Dea Collier, a native of China, has collected some of the most important traditional Chinese myths and presents them with an authentic appreciation for their unique characters, landscapes, and philosophies. Each of the stories is enhanced by the expert commentary of scholars and specialists in Chinese literature.