Photo: Huifen captivates with poems and fables
The two poems Huifen chose were both from the great Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai (李白) , the text of which are below :
One can only say “you have to be there”, to appreciate Huifen’s poignantly touching interpretation. Those who heard would attest to that.
The group later explored the maths of calendars, basic astronomy , fables and folklores surrounding this festival. Like age old stories of gods and demigods, the festival stories had many variants, some of which had cross cultural familiarities to Greek mythologies of Prometheus, of allegorical lessons of greed, sacrifice and redemption, suggesting a common thread in human’s creative imaginations even when science was nascent in our different cultural histories.
The evening ended later than scheduled, past 10:30pm, with our knowledge enriched by the science, and spirits nourished by the arts and by each other.