For more than 3,000 years, from the ancient Xia dynasty to today's People's Republic of China, China has sustained one of the most advanced and culturally productive civilizations in the world. Renowned for the Great Wall of China, porcelain ceramics, a complex writing system, and philosophles such as Confucianism and Taoism, China is also the source of an impressive tradition of myth and folklore. Many deities, stories, places, and ideas populate Chinese mythology, and Chinese Mythology A to Z offers a readable introduction to these and other related topics. Covering everything from the Blue Dragon, bridge gods, and Buddha to carp, Chang Hsien, and Confucius, Chinese Mythology A to Z provides rare insight into the myths of the Chinese peoples, in a format that is easy to use and delightful to read. Containing hundreds of entries and illustrated throughout, the book brings Chinese myths to life, giving readers a glimpse of a culture that may be far different from the one that they are familiar with at home.