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Green dragon, sombre warrior : a journey round China's symbolic frontiers

Author: Liam D'Arcy Brown
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The ancient Chinese divided the zodiac into four quadrants and assigned a ruler to each - the Green Dragon of the East, the Scarlet Phoenix of the South, the White Tiger of the West and the Sombre Warrior of the North. As manifestations in animal form of wood, fire, metal and water - four of the Five Elements that underlay Creation - they symbolized the belief that even the most distant realms of All Under Heavan,  Read more...
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Named Person: Liam D'Arcy Brown
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Liam D'Arcy Brown
ISBN: 0719560381 9780719560385 0719565073 9780719565076
OCLC Number: 52937828
Description: viii, 289 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Green Dragon --
Scarlet Phoenix --
White Tiger --
Sombre Warrior.
Other Titles: Journey round China's symbolic frontiers
Responsibility: Liam D'Arcy Brown.
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Liam d'Arcy Brown set out to travel to the four corners of the People's Republic in an attempt to reconcile modern China's seemingly irreconcilable extremes. His 10,000-mile journey took him from an  Read more...

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'Historical insight, Chinese mythologies, modern commentary are all deftly interwoven with the narrative of his own odyssey ... This is an impressive debut' -- Daily Telegraph 'D'Arcy Brown proves Read more...

 
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