Granet’s original work delves deep into the religious and spiritual customs of ancient China by analysing their festivals and songs from the Book of Odes including the original Chinese script. This translation, originally published in 1932, aimed to present Granet’s observations to a wider English readership by omitting the Chinese characters and providing an in-depth insight into one of the most important early civilisations. This title will be of interest to students of Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Note; Introduction; Part 1: The Love Songs of the Shih Ching; 1. How to Read a Classic 2. Rustic Themes 3. Village Loves 4. Songs of the Rivers and Mountains; Part 2: The Ancient Festivals; 1. Local Festivals 2. Facts and Interpretations 3. The Seasonal Rhythm 4. The Holy Places 5. The Contests; Conclusion; Table of Concordance of Odes; Appendix I: Contests in Proverbs; Appendix 2: the Rainbow; Appendix 3: Ethnographical Notes