The Interpretation of

Chinese Ghost Tales via

Graphic Illustrations

This project aims to preserve and promote Classical Chinese Ghost Tales to contemporary society through the lens of graphic illustrations. The study begins by analysing Chinese Traditional Virtues: Ren (humanity, benevolence, 仁), Yi (righteousness, 义), Li (propriety, rites, 礼), Zhi (wisdom, knowledge,智) and Xin (trustworthiness,信) of Chinese Ghost Tales, followed by discussions on the cultural value connections with the present young generation through the lens of graphic illustrations.

 

Employing Interpretation Design as the research method, the research steps will include discovering cultural values, identifying folklore patterns with similar values, exploring and interpreting fresh perspectives through graphic illustrations, and collecting and analysing data. This study can serve as a cultural bridge to connect different generations to foster the bond of the past and present society, as well as to foster a sense of collective ownership of cultural and historical resources. The ultimate aim of this project is to enable the younger generations to gain insight and understanding about the values for conservation of our heritage and classical literature.

​从小喜欢听鬼力乱神的故事,觉得玄妙有生趣。有人觉得这是迷信封建,但目之所及,这何尝不是一片丰腴非常的文化沃土,它充满了想象力,反映了当时人们的生活习俗、信条道义,反映了社会百态和地理形貌,也承载了历史的厚重。让人们讳莫如深的不是这些鬼怪,其实是对死亡和未知事物的恐惧。《轩辕本纪》中提到:“凡精气为物、游魂为变者一共一千五百二十种。”可谓中国的妖怪文化博大精深,只是限于国情等各种因素,无法兴盛起来。虽然日本的妖怪70%来自中国,但他们的妖怪文化早已走向世界,成为日本一个重要的文化icon,真有点同宗不同命的味道。中国的鬼怪中有不少向往世俗烟火,也有情爱道义。但他们中的大多数却只是存在于典籍中的只言片语里,没有来龙,一笔带过,有时还要背负误解,未免可惜。所以不如我就用零碎时间给它们做个专题,选择一些我个人觉得印象深刻的故事或形象进行创作,特别喜欢的也会发展成衍生品。

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