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The Shaman and the Spirits: The Meaning of the Word 'ling' in the Jiuge Poems

Kósa, Gábor (2003) The Shaman and the Spirits: The Meaning of the Word 'ling' in the Jiuge Poems. Acta Orientalia, 56 (2-4). pp. 275-294. ISSN 0001-6446

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Abstract

In all major dictionaries the first entry for the Chinese word 'ling' is 'shaman' (wu). This meaning of the word is based on Wang Yi's interpretation of two Jiuge poems in the Chuci collection. The present article investigates the possibility of this identification and concludes that there is no evidence to support Wang Yi's opinion. On the other hand, there is ample evidence to suggest that the accepted meanings of ling (spirit, numinous, magical) and the general characteristics of the Chinese shaman are indeed interrelated in many respects.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PI Oriental languages and literatures / keleti nyelvek és irodalmak
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:11
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 12:11
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/46605

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