Language : English
Published : 2018-01-18
Pages : 168
Big Hearts, Big Dreams stories of Singaporean of the Year nominees 2015-2016
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Meet the Laughing Buddha. Not your usual sombre-faced Buddha, he is always seen with a megawatt grin across his face and a bulging sack over his shoulders. One of his trademarks is his big belly, a symbol of joy, good fortune and generosity.
The Laughing Buddha is the epitome of happiness, abundance and contentment, and is sometimes worshipped as a god of fortune and prosperity. Happiness is one of his greatest gifts to his devotees.
An exemplary model of magnanimity and a jocund outlook on life, he brings joy wherever he goes. These uplifting and whimsical accounts of his life give you a glimpse into the way of life as inspired by the teachings of the Buddha.
One of the Four Main Classical Novels of China, A Dream of Red Mansions is the only novel to address the role of women in China’s history. This tragic romance is brought to life with the delicate penstrokes of local artist Seraphina Lum, in her debut graphic novel. Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu are cousins who grow up together in the Rong Mansion, residence of the Jia clan. Bound together by their love for poetry, the two lovers spend much time in the beautiful Grand View Garden reciting and composing their own poetry. However, their romance is hindered by Daiyu’s weak condition and Baoyu’s impending marriage with his other cousin, Baochai. The romance is framed by subplots of deceit, tyranny, and lust. Female characters are abound in this classic, and range from the manipulative Wang Xifeng, mistress of the Jian clan, to the maligned Qingwen, Baoyu’s maid. This is truly a classic that is not to be missed!
The number “eight” has long been associated with wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture. It is an auspicious number that is also linked with the Eight Immortals.
Highly revered in Taoism, the Eight Immortals were people who had impressed the heavens so much with their good deeds that they were conferred the status of immortals. Without a strand of arrogance, they roamed the earthly realm to help the needy.
Be captivated by the bleeding eyes of a stone lion, a magical basket that could produce magnificent yet terrifying images, and the climax of a roaring battle between the immortals and other celestial beings!
Talk about Chinese culture and images of dragon boats, lion dances, red packets and mandarin oranges readily come to mind. Their common thread is that they are all considered auspicious symbols by the Chinese. This charmingly illustrated book takes you on a journey of discovery of many others:
- Animals: Phoenix, tortoise , tiger, bat, spider, deer, elephant, horse, crane, carp, goldfish and others.
- Plants: Pine, bamboo, plum peony, peach, orchid, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, gourd and others.
- Objects: Treasure bowl, money tree, copper coin, ruyi, mirror, seal, Chinese knot and ‘tower of wisdom’.
- Home items: New year couplets, dumpling, glutinous rice ball, fish, chopsticks, longevity noodles and others.
- Words: Happiness, wealth, longevity, Eight Immortals, combined characters, auspicious numbers and greetings.
Understanding the appeal of these symbols will help you to appreciate the arts and crafts displayed in Chinese homes and workplaces.