Pangu and the Cosmic Egg
In Chinese mythology, Pangu – or Pan Ku – was the first living being and creator of all.
The formless chaos of the universe first came together as a cosmic egg. This took 18,000 years. Within it, Yin and Yang became perfectly balanced and Pangu emerged, a hairy giant wrapped in furs and sporting horns on his head.
Pangu split Yin and Yang apart with his axe, creating Earth (Yin) and sky (Yang). To keep them separated, Pangu stood between them for the next 18,000 years, pushing the sky up three meters each day, while the Earth expanded by the same amount. Pangu himself also grew taller by three meters each day to accomplish this.
In some versions of this story he had help from the Turtle, the Qilin, the Phoenix, and
According to http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Pangu :
“After the 18,000 years had elapsed, Pangu was laid to rest. His breath became the wind; his voice the thunder; left eye the sun and right eye the moon; his body became
the mountains and extremes of the world; his blood formed rivers; his muscles the fertile lands; his facial hair the stars and milky way; his fur the bushes and forests; his bones the valuable minerals; his bone marrows sacred diamonds; his sweat fell as rain; and the fleas on his fur carried by the wind became the fish and animals throughout the land.”
Eh, call me lazy, but I couldn’t see any way to paraphrase that block of text.
Speaking of lazy, Nüwa the Goddess is the one who created the humans. She started by forming them individually from the mud but got bored and started producing them in assembly line fashion, creating dumber humans than the individually-formed ones. To read more about her go here.
The Cosmic Egg, or World Egg, is a creation myth found in many cultures, including
Sanskrit, Chinese, Egyptian, and Finnish myths. Click here to learn more.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to think about fleas becoming fish and rain being from some giant’s sweat. Eww. And cosmic eggs? I think of Mork’s spaceship. Maybe he was authentic, after all.
What do you think? Are you old enough to know who Mork is?
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