China is a country with abundant resources, with a long history,containing the extremely abundant nation culture heritage. In ancient times of China, there are many old popular legends.
There are differences between Chinese popular legend and history in the strict meaning. It is said it is neither actual personages’ biography nor a record of the historical incident (some factors that may include true history among them) ,But the people’s artistic creation. It is integration that historical factor and literary creation, is history art.
The popular legend often has provincialism. Some far-reaching popular legends are often combined with local conditions and customs,refine and process, the popular legend often has a legendary characteristic, not only imbued with vitality but also extraordinary.
Characteristic of Chinese popular legend:
Legend and history are contacted.
Extol work industriously.
Praise indomitable, the hero of self-sacrifice.
Extol resists oppression.
Praise for the real love.
Punish the evil person, praise the kindhearted person.
In Chinese ancient popular legend, the most famous legend is ” the Cowherd and the Weaving Maid “, ” Meng Jiang woman “, ” Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai ” and ” white snake biography ” four major popular legend. It is widest to spread, the most influential.