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Zhishi zhiguai ji 殖氏志怪記 "Master Zhi's Records of Ghost Stories"


The Zhishi zhiguai ji 殖氏志怪記 "Master Zhi's records of ghost stories" is an early collection of stories attributed to a Later Han period 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE) scholar called Master Zhi 殖. It is also called Zhishi zhiguai ji 殖氏志怪記 (and not only Zhiguaiji 志怪記), in order to discern it from the books Kongshi zhiguai 孔氏志怪, Zu Taizhi zhiguai 祖台之志怪 and Cao Pi zhiguai 曹毗志怪. The Zhishi zhiguai ji is listed as a "miscellaneous biography" (zazhuan 雜傳) in the imperial bibliography Jingjizhi 經籍志 of the official dynastic history Suishu 隋書. The original length was 3 juan "scrolls", but it was lost soon. The Republican scholar Lu Xun 魯迅 found 2 fragments that are included in his collectaneum Gu xiaoshuo gouchen 古小說鉤沉. From these fragments is can be seen that the Zhiguaiji was a collection of ghost stories.

Source: Li Shuihai 李水海 (ed. 1994). Zhongguo xiaoshuo da cidian 中國小說大辭典, Xian-Qin zhi Nanbeichao 先秦至南北朝, p. 498. Xi'an: Shaanxi renmin chubanshe.

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