Dr. Kenneth Brashier, Professor of Humanities & Religion, Reed College
"Chinese Hell Scrolls: Retribution, Ruin & Rebirth Illustrated"
From a collection of 150 Chinese hell scrolls spanning the past three centuries, Dr. Brashier takes the audience on a journey to gain a better understanding of the Chinese notions of hell, its underworld courts, and gruesome retributions, providing a look at historical, artistic, and literary forces that gave hell its shape in China. Hell is manifested not only in scrolls, but in operas, carved cliff faces, and popular narratives. You will be able to view actual hanging scrolls and a couple of statues. As a cautionary warning, some images may be quite graphic. Discover this springboard into late Chinese thanatology. Come for a fascinating historic and visual account of this aspect of China’s cultural heritage.