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Author Luo, Guanzhong, approximately 1330-approximately 1400.
羅貫中, approximately 1330-approximately 1400.

Title The three Sui quash the demons' revolt : a comic novel / attributed to Luo Guanzhong ; translated, with an interpretative essay, by Lois Fusek.

Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, ©2010.

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Uniform title Ping yao zhuan. English
平妖傳. English
Physical description 1 online resource (xv, 299 pages)
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Notes Romanized.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-299).
Contents The pawnbroker Moneybags Hu gets the magic painting -- Hu Yong'er goes to buy steamed cakes in a snowstorm -- Hu Yong'er conjures up cash and rice -- Hu Yong'er changes straw into horses -- The daughter of Moneybags Hu marries Idiot Boy -- Hu Yong'er conjures up a hideous face at the inn -- Bu Ji encounters Auntie Sheng in the Octagonal well -- Zhang Luan rescues Bu Ji in the woods -- Zuo, the lame priest, buys steamed cakes and hoodwinks Ren Qian -- The lame priest enters the belly of the Buddha in the Burial Mound Temple -- The Pellet Priest bilks Grand Commandant Bighearted Wang -- His Excellency Bao orders the capture of the demon priest -- Yong'er sells mud candles to gain the attention of Wang Ze -- Zuo, the lame priest, hands out cash and rice to muster an army -- The lame priest rescues Wang Ze and disables his captors -- Wang Ze leads the people of Beizhou in rebellion -- Wen Yanbo leads troops to conquer Beizhou -- Beizhou City carves up the demons -- A Fantastic History San Sui ping yao zhuan Reconsidered -- Appendix A. Early Historical and Anecdotal Materials Pertaining to the Wang Ze Rebellion -- Appendix B.A Note on the Possible Identity of Wang Shenxiu.
Summary This novel tells the story of the uprising of adherents of the Maitreya Buddha led by Wang Ze in 1047-1048. Wang Ze was eventually executed and all future heterodox activity outlawed. Paradoxically, this book treats the rebellion as an occasion for slapstick, baggy-pants humor in which facts are distorted and mixed with fiction. Wang Ze's real-life lieutenants show up as a comical peddler and a mysterious Daoist priest. A celebrated warrior takes part in the rebellion despite having died seventeen years earlier. Although the novel follows the traditional format for an extended narrative, it is an arrangement of self-contained vernacular stories. Although the Wang Ze rebellion took place during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127), ultimately this book is the story of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) in Song masquerade. It calls attention to the social unrest, even anarchy, caused by the rising power and influence of movements like The White Lotus Society and warns of the Ming's downfall unless such groups are contained. In this, the novel proved to be a prescient voice: The Ming collapsed as the result of a central authority weakened by mass sectarian uprisings.
Language notes Translated from the Chinese.
Other author Fusek, Lois, 1934-
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Luo, Guanzhong, approximately 1330-approximately 1400. Ping yao zhuan.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780824860707 (electronic bk.)
0824860705 (electronic bk.)
9780824834067 (hbk. ; alk. paper)
0824834062 (hbk. ; alk. paper)