dancing Dragons Books

beijing
dancing dragons

ULTIMOS LIBROS PUBLICADOS

The Jinuo of Yunnan – China’s last but one matriarchy

Hidden in the tropical mountains of China’s southern border lives one of the most interesting Chinese minorities: The Jino nationality. With a population of only 21,000 people they are one of the less known ethnic groups in China, who in the past were often confused with the surrounding minorities. The study of their culture started only in the last decades of the 20th century and showed the world an ethnic group characterized for the strength with which they preserved their matriarchal tendencies and their surprising adaptability to their tropical environment. The shadow of their former matriarchy, and of their goddesses, was found everywhere in the Jino life and culture, as a giant umbrella that covered their main activities, especially prominent in their myths and legends, as well as in the spiritual life that directed their everyday activities: farming and hunting, house building, village ceremonies and rituals performed by their main religious specialists.

jinuo

Birmania y sus relaciones con China.
Autor: Edward Harper Parker.
Páginas: 78
Año: 2020

Uno de los aspectos más curiosos de la historia de China y otros países orientales es ver la distinta consideración que dan a distintos lados de la frontera de los conflictos armados. En muchos casos ambos países registran en sus historias oficiales un triunfo en la misma guerra.
Basándose en los archivos chinos y algunas historias birmanas el autor no sólo analiza los hechos de algunos sucesos históricos considerados dudosos, sino que también muestra importantes aspectos de la historia de Myanmar antes poco conocidos.

Patker Birmania

Beijing – Guía Cultural

Beijing es la capital de China y una de las más fascinantes ciudades de nuestro planeta. Centro moderno de la política y economía del gran país oriental es a la vez una ciudad antigua, en el que la presencia de los más espléndidos palacios y templos de pasadas dinastías asalta al viajero allá por donde vaya.

Esta guía está centrada en los aspectos culturales de la ciudad de Beijing, de sus monumentos antiguos, sus templos más importantes, así como las creaciones contemporáneas del desarrollo socialista y del más moderno que empapa al país de las más rabiosa modernidad. Profusamente ilustrada a todo color, cuenta con mapas y planos originales.

guia beijing

Masks in the Yunnan Nationalities Museum

Masks are one of the most universal cultural objects, being present in peoples and nations of the five continents. As one of their most archaic artistic and religious manifestations, masks have accompanied human beings for millennia. Wherever one looks, in primitive or elevated cultures, tribal peoples or great empires, masks are a global cultural phenomenon created by human ingenuity for a series of religious activities.

As Yunnan province is home to the largest number of national minorities in China, it is not surprising that the Yunnan Nationalities Museum’s collection of masks is one of the richest and most varied of China.
Given the characteristics of their ethnic and regional cultures, the masks found in Yunnan are known for their variety of materials, distinctive appearance, exquisite workmanship and wide range of uses.

 

masks yunnan

Road to Nirvana – The Kunming Dharani pillar

The most original art-works from the time of the Dali Kingdom in Yunnan. It is called the Dharani Pillar of the Dizang Temple. It is a stone pillar a little over six meters high, in the shape of a pagoda, on whose surface some of the most beautiful Buddhist sculptures of China have been carved. It is a pillar full of symbolism that shows a distinctive spiritual conception of the universe, in which Buddhist devotees are expected to find a path that leads from ignorance to enlightenment, in the transit between life and death, especially the general Gao, for whom it was built.
We are convinced that the structure and elements of the pillar are much more than a magnificent work of art. When they are framed in the Buddhist beliefs of the time and in the artistic traditions of the Buddhist world, they will convey separate sets of secret communications that will appeal to sages, nobles and laymen, providing paths to enlightenment, transcendence and the salvation of the soul. When the study of this pillar is explained in the light the religion and politics of the ancient Yunnan, 800 years ago, it will reveal interesting aspects of the nature of the Kingdom of Dali, of its ruling elite and of the religion they practiced.

 

Kunming dharani

El Monasterio de la Montaña de Jade.

Durante los años 30 del siglo XX, tras una serie de desgracias familiares, el autor entabla amistad con un monje taoísta. Invitado a pasar unos días en el monasterio donde éste vive, el autor se ve sorprendido y seducido por una religión que impone una laxa disciplina sobre sus creyentes pero que a la vez es capaz de proporcionar un alivio espiritual y respuestas originales a los interrogantes metafísicos de los seres humanos.
A lo largo de su descripción de sus relaciones con los mojes taoístas, el autor nos describe los fundamentos de esta religión, las actividades en los templos, y las ceremonias y exorcismos más interesantes.
Un libro ameno y lleno de interés, de lectura obligada para todos los interesados en China y su cultura.

goullart

La magia del perro en China y el Mundo.

El perro es el mejor amigo del hombre, el primero de los animales que le acompañó en sus correrías sobre la tierra, el que ha mantenido una relación más íntima con él, y al que con más frecuencia permite vivir en su propia casa. Miles de años de convivencia han forjado estrategias comunes de supervivencia entre perros y personas, basadas en originales formas de comunicación y el desarrollo de profundos sentimientos. Su amistad es un fenómeno universal que se extiende del trópico al polo y por los cinco continentes. Situado en la frontera entre los animales y el hombre, los seres humanos le han atribuido cualidades misteriosas y poderes inefables, dando origen a una rica recreación cultural de su imagen y a una compleja simbología canina.

perro china

Manual of the Chinese Superstitions

The 18 volumes of Henry Doré’s “Chinese Superstitions” are possibly the most detailed study of the religion of the Chinese in its different variants. The extent of the work, and the contempt for those beliefs, normal not only in the pen of the Jesuit priest but also among the elites of China at the time, has made this work almost unknown today. The “Manual of Chinese Superstitions” that we translate here for the first time, condenses in a clear and concise style the most relevant aspects of the monumental work. This direct style, these almost summary descriptions of Chinese customs and folklore make this short booklet an indispensable companion for all those who approach the complex world of Chinese folklore and popular beliefs, and through them the symbolism present in Chinese art and literature. In order to facilitate the identification of the main deities and rituals mentioned in the text to contemporary readers, we have transcribed the Chinese names to the pinyin romanization in current use and added the Chinese characters to the names of the main deities.

chinese superstitions

Yu Garden – Shanghai

Yu Garden is Shanghai’s main monument and one of the most beautiful gardens in China. The history of its creation and the evolution of the city over the last few centuries have made it the archetype of the Chinese garden, in which all the poetic, natural and cultural elements of the gardens are present.
The art of gardening, relatively recent in China’s long history, has an intimate relationship with landscape painting, poetry and oriental architecture. Only when the thick web of symbols and implicit meanings that support a work of art can be unraveled, it can be enjoyed in all its grandeur.
This garden is visited every day by thousands of people who, enjoying its essential beauty, walk carelessly through its corridors and galleries This book is fundamental to understand the cultural and historical importance of the garden, but also to appreciate the art of oriental gardening and each of the elements that compose
A must-have book for all visitors to Shanghai.

yu garden

Yunnan – Guía Cultural

Esta guía describe especialmente los lugares más visitados en la provincia de Yunnan, como Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangrilá, Shaxi, Jianshiui y las terrazas de Yuanyang, que creo que son además las zonas más interesantes de esta provincia. Los pueblos que están cerca de estos principales núcleos turísticos también son descritos con cierto detalle. Este libro habla de la cultura, de los monumentos, las minorías, la gastronomía, y apenas menciona algunos restaurantes interesantes u hoteles especiales. Yunnan es todavía una provincia por la que no es fácil moverse, aún así cada vez es más visitada. Creo que el libro será útil tanto a los que visitan Yunnan por su cuenta como a aquellos que viniendo en un grupo tengan interés en prepararse y conocer un poco más acerca de lo que van a ver.

 

yunnan

Sri Lanka – Cultural Guide

Sri Lanka is a continuous revelation for the traveler. Its geography, its hidden treasures, the feeling experienced when visiting it, has given rise to one of the most beautiful words of the English language: “serendipity”. It is defined as a fortunate, valuable and unexpected discovery or find that occurs accidentally, by chance or by destiny, or when one is looking for something different. The old name Ceylon came from Serendip.
This little guide is a tribute to Sri Lanka and its people and especially to those who have been patiently explaining to me aspects of their culture. This book is illustrated with more than 100 pictures and several new maps and drawings.

sri lanka

Publica posts o guías culturales

 

Conviértete en autor de guías culturales o simplemente describe para nuestros lectores una experiencia de viaje interesante.

Podemos caminar juntos para convertir tu blog de viajes o cultura en un bello libro. Vamos a guiarte en todos los pasos para hacer tus sueños realidad: Expediciones, guías, monumentos, museos, fiestas tradicionales, etc.

Cuéntanos lo que ya sabes y haz a tu empresa visible para los lectores de las guías culturales.

Puedes empezar a ganar dinero desde el primer momento.