A Litho-Anthropological Study on Jade’s Mythological Narration and Chinese Cultural Origins

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Author: Juan Wu, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
Email: janewu@pku.edu.cn
Published: January 2016
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.1.1.06

Citation: Wu, J. (2016). A Litho-Anthropological Study on Jade’s Mythological Narration and Chinese Cultural Origins. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.1.1.06


Abstract

Based on the recent scholarship by Chinese literary anthropologists’ on mythology and jade ideology, this paper attempts to trace the conceptual premises, integrated paradigm and methodological innovation of Chinese literary anthropology, elucidate the inner logics of the jade theory, introduce the integrated function of jade in the material and spiritual resource possession and distribution, exam its relation with the Chinese cultural origin and demonstrate the necessity and capacity of inter-disciplinary interpretation, especially the probability and potentiality of mutual interpretation between the “Great Tradition” and the “Small Tradition” of Chinese literary anthropology.

Keywords

litho-anthropology, jade mythology, cultural origins, Chinese cultural history