The Nine Songs

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Author  Ch'U Yuan
Publisher  City Lights Books
Publication Date   June 1, 1973
ISBN  0872860752
Pages  64

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The Nine Songs were composed in the third century BC and have long been recognized by the Chinese as having Shamanic origins. They throw light on a form of religion widely spread throughout the Far East, as well as being of striking beauty as poetry. In this small book Arthur Waley has translated the poems with a commentary that tells of the various deities the Shamans served, and in an introduction he provides a general account of Shamanism in early China.

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