Searching for the huguai

This diving blog, which from its name–Divester–I at first assumed was about getting corporations to stop investing in morally suspect countries and companies, had a post about China’s own Loch Ness monster. Living as I am in a town famous for its lake, thoughts of possible lake monsters (huguai in Chinese) had crossed my mind, inspired by Matthew, who had suggested that if I needed an excuse to head back to Beijing early I could always say I’d been spooked into leaving town by the Xihuguai, which is probably what a monster inhabiting West Lake (Xihu) would be called. The original feature (from the A.P.) on the “real” lake monster, which supposedly calls Kanasi Lake in Xinjiang Province home, is an interesting look at a cross-cultural phenomenon, that, with careful scholarship, could probably be traced back and related to dragon myths, one of those hugely pan-global narratives. Something to look into.

Posted by on November 26th, 2005

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