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Le Foulard rouge et l’inquiétant panier : De quelques femmes fantômes de la tradition chinoise

Abstract : Ghosts were a favourite topic for ancient Chinese writers, who were especially fond of depicting female phantoms: departed lovers or ghostly poetess appear in many nostalgic pieces, and vey original tales in classical Chinese retraces love affairs between a young literati and a beautiful stranger from the realm of the dead. In contrast, popular literature has a less optimistic view of encounters with female ghosts: young suicide girls, for example, are often shown trying to convince other women to hang themselves in order to have them taking their place in the netherworld. Our paper focuses on the less well-known theme of the ghost of women who died in pregnancy or in childbirth, as reflected in today’s Chinese folktales. If some of those unfortunate ghosts do try to get a replacement by provoking another maternal death, other ghostly women are shown spending all their remaining strength to allow their babies to be born out of their very graves.
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Vincent Durand-Dastès. Le Foulard rouge et l’inquiétant panier : De quelques femmes fantômes de la tradition chinoise. Eurasie, L'Harmattan, 2012, Histoires de fantômes et de revenants, 22, pp.161-182. ⟨halshs-01388770⟩



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