I'm looking for an authoritative English list of people, places and things from Classic of Mountains and Seas.

Anne Birrell has apparently done a translation The Classic of Mountains and Seas. I haven't been able to find a readily available digital copy yet though. One review of the book also mention poor translations of nouns:

The translations of the names of places are wrong and unacceptable.

Strassberg also has a book entitled Chinese Bestiary which looks promising. There doesn't seem to be a digital book available though either.

Is there anywhere were I can find a good English list of beasts, names and places?


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I am sure but it looks like there is no authentic translations for the items you are looking for. And I don't think you can find a list in English since no one has done that before. But if you want to study this, I am happy to help. Thank you.


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