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chinmythessayonefinal - Krista Morelli 22992875 Chinese 155...

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Krista Morelli 22992875 Chinese 155 Spring 2009 Essay #1 Reverse Euhemerization Euhemerization is defined as the process of a person becoming, over time, recognized as a god. As Derk Bodde states, “the theory to which Euhemerus has given his name maintains that the origin of myth is to be found in actual history, and that the gods and demigods of mythology were, to start with, actual human being” (Bodde 372). In Chinese mythology, what is referred to by Derk Bodde as “euhemerization” is known as “reverse euhemerization”. This process plays an important role in the analysis and understanding of ancient Chinese mythology, and subsequently, ancient Chinese history and culture. A great many myths, including those about Confucius, the Yellow Lord, and those involving the word tsu , are directly impacted by the process of reverse euhemerization The first myth that Derk Bodde mentions in his essay “Myths of Ancient China” is an example of what we call reverse euhemerization. This specific myth, found in the Ta Tai li-chi , involves the great philosopher Confucius in a story about the sage ruler Huang Ti, also known as the “Yellow Emperor”. It begins when a disciple of Confucius asks, “Was the Yellow Lord a
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