The Comprehensive Collection of Investigations into the divinities of the Three Doctrines since their Origin
The Comprehensive Collection of Investigations into the Divinities of the Three Doctrines since their Origin ( 《三教搜神大全》 Sanjiao Soushen Daquan ) by unknown author has 7 volumes in 2 collections. Contemporary Ye Dehui reprinted it from the Ming pictorial copy of Comprehensive Collection of Investigations into the Divinities of the Three Doctrines since Their Origin, or Yuan pictorial copy Extensive Record of the Investigation into Divinities ( 《搜神廣記》 Sou Shen Guang Ji ). Collected in the Lilou Series, this copy is similar to the copy in Daoist Canon, except that the latter has no pictures and more deities. It has a preface and postscript by Ye Dehui. The book collects stories about sages, saints and immortals of the three religions. Containing 120 portraits with names, titles and stories, the book is valuable for the study of Daoist system deities, as well as folk deities. The Daoist Canon copy in the Supplementary Daoist Canon of the Wanli Era has 6 volumes and Origins of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism recording 160 items about deities.