The girl who buried flowers. 🌸
The girl's name's Daiyu, a character in the epic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, written by Cao Xueqin 2½ centuries ago.
Central to the tale was the love story between Daiyu and her cousin Baoyu. In their previous celestial lives, Daiyu was a Crimson Pearl flower and Baoyu was a stone. The stone collected dews to nourish the flower. They yearned to experience human life and reincarnated into mortals, against warnings that the flower would be predestined to repay her debt of water to the stone with tears.
After the death of her mother, Daiyu was sent away to live with wealthy relatives in a great mansion, the Red Chamber. Baoyu was the heir to that family. The two dreamy teenagers were fated to fall in love.
Daiyu was witty, hyper sensitive and talented, a better poet than anyone around. She was sickly and borderline anorexic. Keenly aware of her outsider status, she appeared aloof and even prickly at times as a form of defense. She didn't care about pleasing anyone. Unfortunately, what may be considered cool and authentic nowadays might have been viewed as weird and less than endearing back then.
Baochai, another girl-cousin of Baoyu's, was also in love with him. Baochai was the opposite of Daiyu. She's in great health, vibrant and socially smooth and in possession of all the conventional virtues of a good girl.
At Baoyu's wedding, his family tricked him into thinking he's marrying Daiyu, but the veiled bride was actually Baochai.
At the news of the wedding, Daiyu burned all her poems, then died of a broken heart. Soon after, Baoyu gave up everything and became a monk.
Pics 1 & 2: Daiyu reincarnated as a goddess, Baoyu found her, begged her to stay with him, held on to her celestial duster and wouldn't let go before awakening and realizing it was just a dream.
Daiyu was played by 11-year old Stephanie Wong, and Baoyu by 13-year old Emily La in a male role. It's part of the awesome children's #CantoneseOpera performances, March 2017, in celebration of Women's Day.
Man! I'm out of space! So what's this flower burying thing all about? Please continue reading in the comment section below …