Language : English
Published : 2013-09-30
Pages : 440
Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300_1800
Beneath the modern skyscrapers of Singapore lie the remains of a much older trading port, prosperous and cosmopolitan and a key node in the maritime Silk Road. This book synthesizes 25 years of archaeological research to reconstruct the 14th-century port of Singapore in greater detail than is possible for any other early Southeast Asian city. The picture that emerges is of a port where people processed raw materials, used money, and had specialized occupations. Within its defensive wall, the city was well organized and prosperous, with a cosmopolitan population that included residents from China, other parts of Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean. Fully illustrated, with more than 300 maps and colour photos, Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea presents Singapore’s history in the context of Asia’s long-distance maritime trade in the years between 1300 and 1800: it amounts to a dramatic new understanding of Singapore’s pre-colonial past.
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The Chinese people have a history of 5,000 years of civilization. Information about the origins of Chinese traditional festivals not only helps us to understand the customs and everyday habits of the Chinese but also their rich cultural heritage. The reader will be intrigued to learn that many of the stories associated with Chinese festivals have evolved with the changes in the development of Chinese civilization and as a consequence have become an integral part of Chinese culture.
Because of the progress of science and technology, and the gradual shedding of ethnic traditions for modern and universal ways, many Chinese are no longer able to tell how their festivals originated. This is especially true of Chinese communities outside their homeland. This book on the origins of the festivals and popular stories associated with them will help the reader to appreciate how the celebration of these festivals acted as a social glue in identifying and helping the Chinese stick together as a race throughout their long history and wherever they are found.
Legends of the God of Wealth Traces the origins of the most revered Chinese Gods worshipped by the masses.
Did you know that there are various groups of Gods of Wealth?
- Principal Gods of Wealth like Bi Gan, Fan Li, Zhao Gongming and Guan Yu.
- Secondary Gods of Wealth like Child of Fortune, Five-Direction Gods, and Gods of Harmony and Union.
- Occasional Gods of Wealth like the popular Kitchen God
Check out the Gods of Wealth, and enjoy more insights:
- The golden toad that bestows wealth
- Customs and beliefs on wealth-seeking
Hardly a traditional Chinese will shut out any deity that promises wealth, so be sure that you know and recognise all the Gods of Wealth!
This book explains what purgatory is according to traditional Chinese beliefs. In hell, liars and rumour mongers can expect their tongues to be ripped out, while evisceration awaits schemers and murderers. In rather graphic black-and-white strip cartoons.
Why do Chinese consider the number “eight” to be a lucky number? For the answer to this question, look no further than the Eight Immortals who are one of the most popular subjects of art and craft in China.
The term “Eight Immortals” is used figuratively for happiness. The Chinese regard happiness as one of the most important qualities in life. The stories in this book show how eight ordinary people in ancient China attained immortality and lasting felicity through selfless actions and good deeds.
The Eight Immortals also play a significant role in relation to the Bagua, or Eight Trigrams, of the I Ching, the most popular classic of traditional China. Each of them is associated with a certain direction of the Eight Trigrams which is applied in the Bazhen Tu, the battle Chart of the Eight Trigrams, used by folk Taoists to counter the work of practitioners of black magic.
The presentation is made more interesting by the comic illustrations provided by Chan Kok Sing. You will be enthralled by the vivid description of the great battle that shook heaven and earth at the palace of the Dragon King.