Reverse Euhemerization and How It Applies to Chinese Culture in General, Specifically to the Yellow Emperor
Topic: In section 2, Part 1 of his essay (reading # 1) Derk Bodde discusses the process of "euhemerization" and on pp. 49 and 50 uses the example of the Yellow Emperor. What is the process, and why is the Yellow Emperor a good example?
In his essay Derk Bodde discusses both the process of euhemerization and its reverse. He relates the theory of Euhemerus, which states that, "the origin of myth is to be found in actual history, and that the gods and demigods of mythology were, to start with, actual human beings" (Bodde 48). Bodde explains that most myths have a basis in reality. …
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