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A Study on the humanization of beings in the different world in Chinese ancient novels

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2023, (70), pp.241-265
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2023..70.011
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : October 10, 2023
  • Accepted : November 20, 2023
  • Published : November 30, 2023

Yeon, So-Yung 1

1연세대학교 중국연구원

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study focuses on the beings of the different world in Chinese ancient novels that was examined with an emphasis on the aspect of ‘humanization’ through the Tai-Ping Guang-Ji. ‘The different world’ covered in this paper is a different world from ‘This world[此界]’, including Mingjie(冥界) or Tajie(他界), and shows a complex and convergent character toward later generations, and both the traditional Hell of Buddhism and Taoism and the world of Chinese Taoism are also considered comprehensively. The characteristics of humanization were examined by focusing on the convection of the Tai-Ping Guang-Ji, God, Ghost, Yecha(夜叉), Yaoguai(妖怪), and Jingguai(精怪). In particular, the beings of the different world was examined in terms of substantive, socio-cultural, humanistic, and secular. By the realization of the different world and the changes in relationships between human and the beings of the different world, the beings of the different world show humanized patterns.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.