Huayi: The Drought Goddess invents a new mythological language with Chinese dialects

The Drought Goddess features an invented language of the gods to distance itself from the mortal world. PHOTO: MILE END PHOTOGRAPHY
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SINGAPORE – Listen carefully and you might just understand the gods.

The Drought Goddess – Dream Of The World, part of the Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, plays out in a concocted lingo made up by Taiwanese director Lee Yi-hsiu. It blends Cantonese, Mandarin, Teochew, Hakka and some Suzhounese to create something that sounds familiar yet not quite recognisable.

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