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The Interpretation of

Chinese Ghost Tales via

Graphic Illustrations

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tales as a literary form. ”

                                                                                                                   -H. P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature

Chinese Ghost Tales have an abundance of symbolism and cultural meaning. They reveal the darkness of humanity, as well as promote good human characteristics, and this knowledge is invaluable and can be of relevance to our modern society. The research I am working on investigates the historical phenomena of Chinese Ghost Tales from the Six dynasties to the Qing dynasty and then reinterprets these phenomena through a contemporary context and perspective. It is not intended to give an in-depth anthropological study of the Chinese Ghost Tales. The visual component is to be seen as complementary to those stories in the Chinese Ghost Tales and an attraction to evoke the interest of more people, in particular the younger generations. This project aims to provide a robust visual interpretation of aspects of the history, religion, ethics and morality of twenty significant stories of the Chinese Ghost Tales.




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