Oriental Humour

Oriental Humour

Reginald Horace Blyth

Language: English

Pages: 644

ISBN: B001HXY212

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Classic and comprehensive English-language work on Japanese, Chinese & Korean humor from all periods (India is not included, although the introduction describes India as the chief origin of world humour.) Among the topics are Chinese classics and poetry, ghost stories, Liehtse, proverbs, Taoism, Zen, short stories, Korean humor and proverbs, Chinese influence on Japan, Japanese caricature, old and modern Senryu, Yanagidaru, and more. Illustrated with a color frontispiece, 26 rather striking inserted plates (7 in color).

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concept of the authority of orthodoxy. The inner light, extreme doctrines, all the Chinese philosophers except Confucius, are heretical, one-sided and wrong. This may be so, or not; but humour loves this unbalance and con­ flict. It is its very life. Hsuntse says; i:iX~l1tt. ~~l!:ti. ~ ~ ful(. ill w ~ #j£. ~ j~ ~ jjfi. ~~JIt(. QlJ Ml;;f,'jJl1ii. ifft. ili: ~ #j£. ~ /f~ t1;,i~ JIt(. illll~Ijo/.)~. +U .f.1;, JIt(. Desire causes prejudice; evil, novelty, familiarity, distance,

insult him who presented you with it." The Chinese CLt,,.ics 30 The King allowed him to live. Ji!. The following is highly ironical: f!!'f'i19.!I!t. rl1j'),!ll1»· l,R.!I!t}t~~. l.ih, r,' ~ ffi'iJl. %l- A :t;j' n .frj Z- Fir 1'E {c!f 1~ J;t ~ . !l!1ijj J.{IJ =E; j@. . Eels look like serpents, silkworms resemble caterpillars, people are frightened at snakes; their hair stands on end at caterpillars. But fishermen catch hold of eels, and women pick up silkworms. Where there is profit,

purposes ot the parable. This fact is brought out in the following poem, Redeeming Chickerzs, ij:t~, which in the last few lines has sJmething that we may call "humour" in the modern sense, used here to disinfect the sentiment of all sentimentality. p Chinese Poetry ~ /£" ~;'1; IT ¥.. lK '\t . Jf, I)\[ J!J~ ~ )21 19' '~ ~ * 1

signifiI. 70, 7r, 72, are reall}' all one Case. Zen cance; yet they are there or not there; they are distinct and indubit­ able; they alone are meaning. According to Dr. Suzuki 1 the characteristics of enlightenment are irrationality, intuitive insight, authoritativeness, afhrmativeness, a sense of the beyond, an impersonal tone, a feeling of exaltation, and momentariness. Laughter is breaking through the intellectual bar­ rier; at the moment of laughing something is understood; it needs no

humorous elements in it which the Persian did not, but what influence the humour of the common people of Persia, as well of those of India, had upon China,-this will perhaps be one of the many unsolved mysteries of history. It is not always easy to tell whether the apparent humour ot another culture, different in time and place, is due to the (more or less conscious) will of the original creators, or to the tendency tor any culture to look odd and even bizarre to people of another culture.

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