According to Chinese mythology, the creator of the universe is Pan Gu, often depicted as a furry giant or a dragon.
In the beginning, there was chaos contained within a cosmic egg. This chaos, the light and the dark, the cold and the heat, grew with Pan Gu for 18,000 years. Pan Gu then broke free from the egg, separating the Yin from the Yang, the earth from the sky by standing between the two for another 18,000 years, pushing up the sky as he grew 10 feet each day. After this difficult and exhausting task, Pan Gu laid down for a rest, never to awaken. His breath then became the wind, his voice the thunder, one eye the sun and the other eye the moon. His head became the mountains and his blood formed the rivers. The fleas on his fur became fish and animals.
Nu Wa, often described as having the torso of a woman and the tail of a serpent or dragon, created human kind.
Nu Wa was lonely, wandering the earth alone, and decided to create companions. She sculpted them from clay near a river, as a close image of herself, however giving them legs. After a time she tired of molding individual people, took a rope, dipped it in the clay and flung it. When the drops of clay landed on earth, they too became humans. Those created by hand became the rich and powerful, those by drops became the poor.
You can watch and read an animated version of these two myths at Mythic Journeys.
Myths and Civilization of the Ancient Chinese by Rupert Matthews
This book has nine of the most important Chinese ancient myths, such as Pan Gu Creates the World and Nu Wa creates the Human Race,(and including the Cowherd and Weaver Maid, the Ten Suns, the First Silk Worm) each written and illustrated over a two page format. After each myth, there is another two page spread of facts related to an aspect of the Ancient Chinese, peppered with photographs of ancient artifacts.
A lovely water color illustrated story book format of the Chinese myth in which Nu Wa, the snake goddess, adds color to the world by taking various magical elements the colors of the rainbow. It is told in English and Chinese.
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