By Peter Morris
This number of ninety seven Cantonese love songs goals to provide a much broader viewers the possibility of interpreting those songs in English. the writer investigates the language and social history of the songs and gives cross-references to chinese language and Western literature.
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Extra info for Cantonese Love Songs: An English translation of Jiu Ji-yung's Cantonese songs of the early 19th century
Sakyamuni tells how, aeons ago, a certain monk named Dharmakara went to a former Buddha and asked for a description of both the ideal Buddha and the Buddha land. Having heard it, Dharmakara promised in the eighteenth of his forty-eight vows that once he achieved his Buddhahood, all those who believed in him and called on his name would be born into his Land of Pure Bliss and live there until they had achieved Nirvana. This Land of Pure Bliss is not the same as Nirvana, nor is it a substitute for the goal of enlightenment.
Although gaining strength during the 2nd century crisis in Confucianism, Buddhism remained on the outside, isolated in small communities. However, by the 4th century it had brought about a new ferment of ideas in China. Buddhism exerted a tremendous influence on Chinese culture. A number of Buddhist ideas stimulated the development of neo-Confucianism. Although the neo-Confucianists continued to use terms found in the Confucian classics, they interpreted them in the light of Buddhism, thus making the neo-Confucianist system incomprehensible to *, 22 Cantonese Love Songs anyone not versed in the Buddhism of the age.
The 3rd-7th century saw the height of A valokitesvara' s veneration in northern India. His images in China prior to the Sung dynasty (9601126) were unmistakably masculine. Later images, however, show characteristics of both sexes. One interpretation has it that Avalokitesvara is neither male nor female, but transcends sexual distinction. In statues and paintings, the flowing garments and soft contours of the body have been intentionally combined with a very visible moustache to emphasize the absence of sexual identity.
Cantonese Love Songs: An English translation of Jiu Ji-yung's Cantonese songs of the early 19th century by Peter Morris