The Taotie Image in Chinese Art, Culture, and Cosmology (9781497355200)
The Taotie Image in Chinese Art, Culture, and Cosmology. The taotie, also known as the "beast mask", is the most distinctive feature of Shang dynasty art. It is a fascinating motif in Chinese art and, for centuries, has inspired curiosity as to its meaning. In this book, cultural scholar, Dave Alber, explores the many meanings of the taotie image. -What was the meaning of the taotie among traditional Chinese art historians? -What is the taotie's influence in Chinese art history? -What is the most probable cultural origin of the taotie? -What function did the taotie image serve in Shang dynasty cosmology and psychology? -What is the Pan-Asian diffusion of the original motif? -How does this art motif enrich our experience of Chinese architecture, history, and contemporary music? Dave Alber, MA originally presented the content of this book as a lecture at Henan Polytechnic University (HPU) in Mainland China. The Taotie Image in Chinese Art, Culture, and Cosmology is written in dual-language English and Chinese. Thus, it is a great tool for learning either English or Traditional Chinese. With almost one hundred photographs from Dave Alber's travels in China and Asia, it is also an ideal book for studying Chinese and Pan-Asian art.
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (01/31/2014)
Paperback: 94 pages
Item Weight: 0.30lbs
Dimensions: 9.02h x 5.98w x 0.19d
About the Author
Dave Alber, MA is an enthusiastic Religious Studies lecturer and English Teacher who has taught English at the university level in China and the Middle East. He comes from a Quaker Protestant background, has an MA in Mythological Studies, and extensive immersion in Asian religious traditions. His global exposure to the religious life on four continents gives him the ability to lecture from direct experience on a variety of religious traditions: whether festivals in America, Asia, or Africa; Koranic doctrine in Arabic culture; meditation in the style of Ethiopian Coptic Christians, Indian Hindus, or Buddhists. His current passion is comparative cosmology. He is also the Principal at http: //www.easyamericanaccent.com and the author of "50 Idioms That You Absolutely Must Know" and The Sound of English: English Pronunciation Practice, amongst other books. His DVDs include English Idioms: An Idiomatic Journey to the West and English for Chinese Speakers. He is available as a Religious Studies lecturer and English Teacher and trainer or pronunciation and American accent consultant.
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