Chinese Myths | Ancient Chinese Culture - Part 11

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Love and Intrigue

In order to see whether Shun (a 23rd-22nd century BC leader of ancient China) is qualified to be the leader or not, Yao (the Emperor of China during 2358 – 2258 BC) gave his two daughters Ehuang and Nu Ying to Shun. In other word, the two sisters were taking the task of surveillance. Finally, Shun passed all the tests and was put on the throne in the year of Jiwei.

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Unfortunately, he died suddenly of an illness on the journey near a river. His wives, the two sisters, rushed from home to his body, and wept by the river for days. Read the rest of this entry »

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the Queen of the Female Immortals

The Queen Mother of the West, called Xiwangmu in Chinese,is regarded as the highest goddess and the ruler of female Transcendents.

Originally, from the earliest known depictions of her in the ancient literature of Shan Hai Jing, she was a ferocious goddess with the teeth of a tiger, who sent plagues down upon the world.

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However, after she was adopted into the Taoist pantheon, she was transformed into the goddess of life and immortality. Read the rest of this entry »

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God is Female

In ancient China, a goddess named Nuwa was regarded as the creator deity. It is said that she lived in the beginning of the world and when she felt lonley she began her creation.On the first day she created chickens. On the second day she created dogs. On the next four days she created sheep, pigs, cows and horses. On the seventh day she began creating men from yellow clay, sculpting each one individually.The work was so taxing that later she tried to dip a rope into the mud and then lifted it. The mud that dripped from the rope also became men. It is said that those made by moulding yellow clay were rich and noble, while those made by lifting the rope were poor and low.

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Creation of Man

She was also credited with saving the world from destruction by patching the sky after a great battle and then further protected the world by taking giant tortoise legs to hold up the sky.

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Patching up the Sky

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Nuwa & Fuxi (her husband or brother)

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