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From Unconsciousness to Consciousness: Chinese Children’s Rights Awareness in the Evolution of Nezha’s Image

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Sijia Yu

School of International Chinese Language Education, Xiamen University, Fujian, China.

*Corresponding author: Sijia Yu


Nezha originated in Buddhism and evolved into a character within the pantheon of Chinese folklore with the Sinicization of Buddhism in China. It transformed religious texts into classical literary texts in the novel The Investiture of the Gods, written in the Ming dynasty. After 1978, modern artistic works emerged featuring Nezha as the central character. These works innovated upon and reinterpreted the Nezha's image established in The Investiture of the Gods. The ancient depiction of Nezha's image suggests the emergence of a collective unconsciousness characterized by an unconscious awareness of children's rights, constrained within traditional filial and ethical norms. In contrast, the contemporary portrayal of Nezha's image in creative works reflects a conscious awareness of children's rights within society. The evolution of Nezha's image in these four literary works signifies progress in the awareness of children's rights in modern Chinese society, demonstrating the transition from an unconscious to a conscious stage.


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From Unconsciousness to Consciousness: Chinese Children’s Rights Awareness in the Evolution of Nezha’s Image

How to cite this paper: Sijia Yu. (2023) From Unconsciousness to Consciousness: Chinese Children’s Rights Awareness in the Evolution of Nezha’s Image. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science7(9), 1704-1713.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2023.09.001

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