The other child: symbols of life and death in medieval China

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The other child : symbols of life and death in medieval China. / Pissin, Annika.

Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. ed. / Marie Laureillard; Vincent Durand-Dastès. Vol. 1 1. ed. Paris : Presses de l'Inalco, 2017. p. 127.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Harvard

Pissin, A 2017, The other child: symbols of life and death in medieval China. in M Laureillard & V Durand-Dastès (eds), Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. 1 edn, vol. 1, Presses de l'Inalco, Paris, pp. 127.

APA

Pissin, A. (2017). The other child: symbols of life and death in medieval China. In M. Laureillard, & V. Durand-Dastès (Eds.), Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 127). Paris: Presses de l'Inalco.

CBE

Pissin A. 2017. The other child: symbols of life and death in medieval China. Laureillard M, Durand-Dastès V, editors. In Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. 1 ed. Paris: Presses de l'Inalco. pp. 127.

MLA

Pissin, Annika "The other child: symbols of life and death in medieval China". and Laureillard, Marie Durand-Dastès, Vincent (editors). Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. 1 udg., Paris: Presses de l'Inalco. 2017, 127.

Vancouver

Pissin A. The other child: symbols of life and death in medieval China. In Laureillard M, Durand-Dastès V, editors, Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. 1 ed. Vol. 1. Paris: Presses de l'Inalco. 2017. p. 127

Author

Pissin, Annika. / The other child : symbols of life and death in medieval China. Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui. editor / Marie Laureillard ; Vincent Durand-Dastès. Vol. 1 1. ed. Paris : Presses de l'Inalco, 2017. pp. 127

RIS

TY - CHAP

T1 - The other child

T2 - symbols of life and death in medieval China

AU - Pissin, Annika

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - In early medieval and medieval Chinese narratives children appear as transformed objects, divine assistants, servants or messengers of underworld administrators or medical deities. The less supervision and thus the greater independence from adults a child had, the creepier and more potentially dangerous he was. Some of these child figures were assis- tants or messengers between a person’s body and the universe, and adult men who encountered them felt the need to kill them. Such children are here called “other children”; they were uncanny boys who evoked feelings of mistrust, and even disgust or fear in adults confronted with them. This article, which is mostly based on zhiguai narratives from the third to the tenth century C.E., focuses on children and youth who derive from the supernatural realm. It starts out with a brief introduction about well-explored supernatural assistants, which leads into a discussion on how children are externalized and visualized coming from adult bo- dies. The article concludes by examining children who appear outside the confines of human enclosure and who share a mischievous nature. Far from promising a finished analysis about otherworldly children in medieval China, this article aims to raise awareness and curiosity about child figures in texts.

AB - In early medieval and medieval Chinese narratives children appear as transformed objects, divine assistants, servants or messengers of underworld administrators or medical deities. The less supervision and thus the greater independence from adults a child had, the creepier and more potentially dangerous he was. Some of these child figures were assis- tants or messengers between a person’s body and the universe, and adult men who encountered them felt the need to kill them. Such children are here called “other children”; they were uncanny boys who evoked feelings of mistrust, and even disgust or fear in adults confronted with them. This article, which is mostly based on zhiguai narratives from the third to the tenth century C.E., focuses on children and youth who derive from the supernatural realm. It starts out with a brief introduction about well-explored supernatural assistants, which leads into a discussion on how children are externalized and visualized coming from adult bo- dies. The article concludes by examining children who appear outside the confines of human enclosure and who share a mischievous nature. Far from promising a finished analysis about otherworldly children in medieval China, this article aims to raise awareness and curiosity about child figures in texts.

KW - children

KW - Medieval China

KW - Tang dynasty

KW - magical medicine

KW - mythology

KW - popular religion

KW - visualization

KW - the human body

KW - China

KW - History

M3 - Book chapter

VL - 1

SP - 127

BT - Fantômes dans l’Extrême-Orient d’hier et d’aujourd’hui

A2 - Laureillard, Marie

A2 - Durand-Dastès, Vincent

PB - Presses de l'Inalco

CY - Paris

ER -