The Alps have always been the prime icon of Swiss-ness. Often idealized or aestheticized, this world of high peaks shrouded in clouds, of dark forests and verdant flower-studded meadows, of wild animals and isolated chalets with their rugged peasants and cows and goats, has generated a wealth of local myths and legends.
Collected by Swiss students of Chinese at the University of Zurich as a pendant to their study of the ghost world in modern Chinese films, the seventy-five legends published in this collection are catergorized into six chapters of various regions─German-speaking Plateau and Basel-Land, Canton of Bern, Central Switzerland, French-speaking Switzerland, Valais, Ticino and Bergell, Graubünden and Glarus. Those legends entertainingly reveal the fascinating co-existence of the real and the imaginary in the Swiss Alpine world.
In this video is a reading of the legend ‘Lost Warmth’ from the Canton of Bern. In English and Chinese. Legends from the Swiss Alps was published by MCCM Creations (Hong Kong) in 2009, edited by Leung Ping-kwan and Andrea Riemenschnitter.