Hu Lu: Ode to the Gourds
【本报讯】 记者/ 金相律 摄影报道;?我与曲阜师大教授扈鲁先生结识是在2009年的5月，在山东省文艺评论家协会成立大会上。记得他说到自己研究葫芦文化，我也没太留心，葫芦还有啥研究头呢？后来，到曲阜师大采访，扈鲁把我引导到他的葫芦世界里，他收藏的葫芦，琳琅满目，让我大开眼界。一直想写他，但总被俗务缠住。
I met with Professor Hu Lu from Qufu Normal University in May 2009, at the founding meeting of Shandong Literature and Art Critics Association. He once mentioned his study on gourd culture, but I didn't pay much attention to it. What study could be made about a gourd? Later, when I went to Qufu Normal University for an interview, Mr. Hu guided me into his gourd world. His rich collection of the gourds broadened my views. I have been thinking about writing something about him, but couldn't make it because of all the businesses.
Recently, I read that the nine-volume
?The Gourd Culture Series
?was published and issued by Zhonghua Book Company, and was regarded as "the masterpiece filling the gap in the academic research of gourd culture at home and abroad". After four years of painstaking efforts, chief editor Hu Lu and more than 100 scholars and experts at home and abroad presented this brilliant masterpiece to the readers.
I have not been in touch with Mr. Hu for many years. In these years, he devoted himself to such a huge project. He is a true leader in the field of gourd culture research. I sincerely admire the great feats of my fellow brother and feel embarrassed about my laziness.
It’s not easy to do something innovative with solid steps and persistence. I immediately contacted Hu and asked for details about the compiling of
?The Gourd Culture Series. The cultural research project
?The Gourd Culture Series
?(the first series) was planned and designed by the Chinese Folklore Society of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2015. At the beginning of 2016, the compilation of the nine volumes in the first series focusing on domestic gourd culture research was initiated, and now the first series has been published. The second series has been fully launched, including volumes of history research, folklore research, story research, education research and industry research, etc.
According to Hu Lu, based on the vast number of Chinese classics, this series thoroughly and systematically excavates and sorts out the history and culture of gourd in planting, food, medicine, utensils, craft, related names, folk customs, legends and other aspects. Through literature volume, object volume, image volume, etc., this series systematically demonstrates the rich cultural connotation of traditional gourd in Chinese literature, painting, music, arts and crafts, as well as the superb skill of ancient craftsmen.
The Gourd Culture Series
?records in detail the development of gourd culture in Lancang Lahu Autonomous County, Huludao in Liaoning and Dongchangfu in Shandong. Combining the gourd festival, grand gourd view garden, gourd pyrography, gourd needle carving, gourd folk custom tourism village, gourd feast and other forms of gourd culture inheritance and development cases, the series comprehensively analyzes the development of gourd studios, gourd artisans, gourd research, gourd collection, gourd boutique in various places, deeply discusses the path of gourd culture melting into the contemporary economy and life. From a micro perspective, gourds are daily necessities, the source of economic wealth and the form of beliefs; from a macro perspective, the gourds are shaped as local cultural landmarks and promotion brands, and some become the new way for the government's economic industry and cultural cards for foreign exchanges.