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Author Chan, Hok-lam.

Title Legends of the building of old Peking / Hok-lam Chan
Edition First edition
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, 2008


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 MELB  951.156 Cha/Lot  UNAVAILABLE C19
Description 416 pages : illustrations(some color) ; 24cm
Contents Pt. I. The "Nezha City" of Old Peking: Origins and Transformations -- Ch. 1. Liu Bingzhong, Nazha, and the Building of Yuan "Great Capital" -- Ch. 2. Liu Bowen, Nezha, and the Building of Ming Peking -- Pt. II. "Siting by Bowshot": Locating the City of Ming Peking -- Ch. 3. The Mongolian Story of How Emperor Yongle Built the City of Peking -- Ch. 4. The Stories of Liu Bowen, Yao Guangxiao, and Shen Wansan Building the City of Peking -- Pt. III. Appendices -- 1. The Eight-armed Nezha City (1) -- 2. The Eight-armed Nezha City (2) -- 3. Book of the Story of How Emperor Yung-lo of the Great Ming Built the City of Peking - The Yuan Prince - The True Prince -- 4. Liu Bowen Built the City of Peking -- 5. How was the City of Peking Built?
Summary "Legends of the Building of Old Peking examines a series of popular legends surrounding the building and rebuilding of the city that served as the capital of a succession of dynasties, including the Nazha or Nezha City legend of the Yuan (1272-1368) "Great Capital" and the Ming (1368-1644) "Northern Capital", and the Mongolian legend of siting by bowshot to locate the capital city" and its Chinese adaptations. These legends reveal a rich tapestry of religious and cultural traditions surrounding the majority Han and non-Han people's conceptions of the origins of their capital cities - legends that are distinct from imperial ideologies and dynastic traditions, and evolved under changing political and cultural circumstances. The book is a unique study of the historical origins of old Peking (spelled thus to distinguish it from modern Beijing) as well as the genesis and efflorescence of related popular culture in today's capital of China."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Beijing (China) -- History.
Beijing (China) -- Legends.
LC no. 2007051641
ISBN 9780295987828 (hbk.)