In the beginning, there was nothing in the universe except a formless chaos. Today as China awakens from a deep slumber and starts to remember the great legends of the past new temples are being built. Here is the one most like the preceding myths. In the beginning was Chaos. Soon she had spread humans over the whole world.
In this way, the stage was set for the pageant of history to unfold. Nuwa went down to the edge of the Yellow River where there were vast, soft mud banks. For 18,000 years the universe remained in this state, until the incubation was finally complete, and the egg hatched. To fix the sky, she took stones of many colors from the river and built a fire in which she melted them. Exhausted by her labors, she soon lay down to die and, like Pan Gu, from her body came many more features to adorn the world that she had restored. Through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is reviving this glorious culture.
After all this effort P'an Ku falls to pieces. Among the remains was this account of the Creation, preserved and disseminated by the Taoists. They refused to obey the order. Download this Storyboard as an Image Pack or a Presentation Image Pack Each cell in your storyboard will be exported as a standalone image in a zip file. That he did fulfil the purpose of furnishing the ordinary mind with a fairly easily comprehensible picture of the creation may be admitted; but, as will presently be seen, it is over-stating the case to say that he was conceived with the set purpose of furnishing the ordinary mind with a concrete solution or illustration of this great problem.
They don't have the freedoms we have in America. High above ride the sun and moon and stars in the sky where P'an Ku placed them; below roll the four seas. These two produced two more, and these two produced P'an Ku, the first being, the Great Man, the Creator. With one exception Chinese cosmogony is non-mythological. Three days later, the sky was filled with thunder and lightning.
The sun shone in her breast and she bore Chumong in the fourth year of Shen-ch'ueh. After another 18 thousand years, the sky was higher, the earth thicker, and Pan Gu stood between them like a pillar 9 million li in height so that they would never join again. It also shows why Nuwa is known as the mother of the Chinese nation. Though different under these two aspects, they are the same in origin; it is when development takes place that different names have to be used. Hwanung metamorphosed himself, lay with her, and begot a son called Tangun Wanggom. Pan Gu and Nü Wa Long, long ago, when heaven and earth were still one, the entire universe was contained in an egg-shaped cloud.
Many years later, Pan Gu's greatest fear came true. Compare the Japanese legend, which relates that the Sun-goddess was induced to come out of a cave by being tempted to gaze at herself in a mirror. From his saliva or sweat came rain. Some copies of his book were believed to contain the recipe but none have survived, despite the prolonged searching of many of his successors. Time passed and nothing became something. Artistic representations frequently depict Pan Gu as a dwarf clothed with leaves.
There might, he thought, be something on the other side of life, for he admitted the existence of spiritual beings. As he grew, his sheer size divided the heavens and the earth. While this may, at first glance, be a very primitive way of describing such an event, one cannot help but notice how very insightful it is. He did not speculate on the creation of things nor the end of them. In the beginning, truth or goodness fought lies or evil until lies was worn out. It is said that there were no men when the sky and the earth were separated. The light, clear part of it floated up and formed the heavens, the cold, turbid matter stayed below to form earth.
According to some versions of the Pan Gu legend, his tears flowed to make rivers and radiance of his eyes turned into thunder and lighting. When the king came around to inspect, he gave this horse to Chumong, who took it, removed the needle, and fed the horse well, day and night. It is this mono-dualistic theory, combining the older and newer philosophy, which in China, then as now, constitutes the accepted explanation of the origin of things, of the universe itself and all that it contains. The Five Elements The Five Elements or Forces wu hsing —which, according to the Chinese, are metal, air, fire, water, and wood—are first mentioned in Chinese literature in a chapter of the classic Book of History. All was quiet; he did not return. His task occupied eighteen thousand years, during which he formed the sun, moon, and stars, the heavens and the earth, himself increasing in stature day by day, being daily six feet taller than the day before, until, his labors ended, he died that his works might live.
The king thought it inauspicious, monstrous and inhuman, and put it into the horse corral, but the horses took care not to trample it; it was thrown down steep hills, but the wild beasts all protected it; its mother retrieved it and nurtured it, till the boy hatched. Their children included the Titan parents of most of the and goddesses, as well as many other creatures, including the Cyclopes, Giants, , , and more. The heavens and the earth began to grow at a rate of ten feet per day, and Pan Gu grew along with them. The Yellow Emperor countered the insurrection by devising weapons and armour to protect his men. They had an influence on the living, because they caused them to clothe themselves in ceremonious dress and attend to the sacrificial ceremonies. With tao, nothingness gave rise to existence, existence gave rise to yin and yang, and yin and yang gave rise to everything. Senior Scholar Wei Juxian states that the Pangu story is derived from stories during the Western.
Pan-Ku According to a primitive Chinese myth, at the beginning of time, the had the shape of an egg. It lay dormant somewhere inside this elemental cosmos, awaiting the right moment to begin the transformation. Illustrations of P'an-Ku represent him in the company of supernatural animals that symbolize old age or immortality, viz. Now the skies are graced with luminous celestial bodies, the Earth, contoured by great mountains and rivers and flora and fauna galore. The Book of Rights describes the Ch'i-lin as: 'Chief among four-footed beasts. Myths and Legends of China, by Edward T. The Ch'i-lin took a particular interest in government of China and its appearance at the Imperial Court was seen as a portent of either the beginning or the end of a glorious reign.