The mythologies of ancient China: plurality, humanization and didacticism
In ancient China one must speak of mythologies, because they have belonged to different clans. This led to the absence of systematic mythological material. There were never any mythological compilers. These mythologies have a fragmentary character; they are scattered in uneven literary works and iconographic repertoires. Its anecdotal and didactic character has been an attribute, since on numerous occasions myths were used as paradigms by Confucianism. China did not produce any mythology (a system of myths), until the Han era, when the Confucian lawyers, following their political ideals, created a historized and rationalized mythology.
Keywords: Chinese mythology, historization, didactics, humanization.