The tendency to diversify of attributes of Long （龍） in the Han dynasty （漢代）
475 , 2015-03-31 , 関西大学大学院東アジア文化研究科
This paper discusses a tendency to diversify of abstractions of Long（龍）in the Han dynasty（漢代）. Before that time, Long was considered to be a symbol of one village like a totem. By the unification of ancient China in Qin（秦）and Han dynasty, Long was elevated to be a god with sacred power and started to be diversified in its attributes according to the books of that time. It was believe to have a ability of making rain or control water, and because of that power, a soil image of Long（土龍）was used as a sacrifice to pray for rain when it was in a drought. And Long was also believed to have a function as to be a transportation between the human world and the immortal world. And it turned out that, in Han dynasty, all those abstractions of Long could once be seen in a representative sample called Qing Long（青龍）, which is a constellation in ancientastronomy of China. Almost all of the attributes of Long have been passed to until now, but some of them also had been changed their appearances when new trends of thoughts such as buddy coming to be known in the land of ancient China.