New Book Sharing: GhostPa’s Kitchen

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New Book Sharing:

Poon, K. C. & Sze, C. M. (2020). GhostPa’s Kitchen (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co.

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This is the second season of Hong Kong Legends. With the same theme of Hong Kong Legends, this book continues to talk about ghost and death. There two main themes in this book are “Death” and “Eating”. Reflecting upon our own experiences, we have only very few channels to know more about topics like dead, ghost, hell etc. When we are still little children, if we asked our parents about those topics, it is very likely that we will be scolded for our questions. It seems that dead, ghost and hell are something which are very bad and will bring us bad fortune even when we talk about them. We have accumulated lots of questions about such topics and we do not know the answers till now. We want to know the meaning behind the rituals in the funerals; we want to know why we can’t use some food for sacrifice when we worship our ancestors; we want to know why people will put food into the coffin and what is the meaning behind. If you asked such questions, you will probably get an answer like this: “Little child should not ask such questions, knock on wood.” In order to satisfy your curiosity, this book talks about the legends and heritage behind “Meals for the dead”. This book will introduce to the readers stories behind the rituals and their modern development. Common misunderstandings towards the rituals and the meaning behind will also be clarified. By tracing back the historical roots, this book will show the readers the cultural, psychological and historical knowledge about all these issues.

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[亞研網上書展] 雖然今年書展要延期舉行,但我地亞研老師都好想同大家分享一下佢地新書的創作緣起同經歷。打頭陣有Joe Poon老師的《鬼王廚房:舌尖上的地獄飲食文化》

 

此書為《香港教市傳說攻略》第二炮。承接第一炮的主題,此書繼續以講鬼講死為主題,向讀者揭開死後世界的面紗。也許,讀者在日常生活中常常發現一些不明所以的事物。尤其是與生死有關的、與鬼神有關的事物,長輩們總是不願意講,好像多講兩句就會惡運纏身似的。鬼真的有這麼可怕嗎?其實,中國文化中,有沒有提及過人死掉了以後會怎樣?親友離世時,我們在殯儀館中見到不同的祭品和儀式。那個時候,就算是好奇也不敢多問一句。清明的祭品有沒有指定的東西?奉上的祭品背後有什麼意義?我們不只是在殯儀館裡見到的不敢問,平日裡也是不敢多言。小時候,每次問及這些問題,長輩們只有一個答案:「啋~大吉利是~小孩子不要亂問問題。」當然,其實他們多半只是跟隨上一代的做法,而不知背後的原理。在這本書中,兩位作者會以學人刨根究底之風格,有根有據地跟讀者們大談中國文化中的「鬼」、「死後世界」以及「死後生活」以滿足讀者的好奇心。

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書本詳情請看:https://www.chunghwabook.com.hk/Index/book_detail?id=2979

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潘啟聰、施志明(2020)。《鬼王廚房》。香港:中華書局。

Poon, K. C. & Sze, C. M. (2020). GhostPa’s Kitchen (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co.

 

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