Selected student papers of the course “Myth in Literature”, taught by Prof Grace Lau Yin-ping of the Department of Chinese, Lingnan University, have been compiled into a new book entitled Deity, Worship and Culture: A Collection of Essays on Myth in Literature. Launch briefings were held on 29 March and 19 April.
Some authors, now graduates, attended the book launches with Prof Lau to present their papers, which discussed a wide range of topics related to Chinese mythology in literature from the Chinese dragon and Chang E to frog worship among ethnic minorities in southwestern China. At the 19 April launch at the Broadway Cinematheque in Yaumatei, Prof Lau also shared her findings on the evolution of Zhong Kui, the king of ghosts and now widely regarded as a guardian spirit against disaster and suffering in Chinese communities. Film clips of the “Zhong Kui dance” as a folk custom were also played at the event.
The book is now available at local bookstores.