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A sort of travelogue-bestiary of Chinese mythological places, including notes about strange creatures of the various mountains. A bit repetitive after a while. I feel slightly weird about giving 4 stars to a book which I found so confusing. It was an enjoyable kind of bafflement, though - delight, wonder, and the thrill of the unexpectedly strange. I love
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The Classic of Mountains and Seas or Shan Hai Jing ,  formerly romanized as the Shan-hai Ching , is a Chinese classic text and a compilation of mythic geography   and beasts. Versions of the text may have existed since as early as the 4th century BC,   but the present form was not reached until the early Han dynasty a few centuries later. The exact author s of the book and the time it was written are still undetermined. It was originally thought that mythical figures such as Yu the Great or Boyi wrote the book. However, the consensus among modern Sinologists is that the book was not written at a single time by a single author, but rather by numerous people from the period of the Warring States to the beginning of the Han dynasty. The first known editor of the Classic was Liu Xiang from the Western Han, who among other things cataloged the Han imperial library.