Chinese Myths

The Chinese believed that for every object that existed, there was a complete and total opposite. In this particular, "The Creation of the Universe", the earth starts off as an egg that contained the whole universe (Rosenberg, 360). The first being named Pangu, dwelled within this "Cosmic Egg". After some time, Pangu decided it was time to come out from within and broke the egg open and began to bring order to the world. Since the sky and heavens were lying on top of each other, there was no way for things to separate. So Pangu lifted the top part (heaven and sky) which came to be known as Yang. The piece below became known as Yin (earth). Since he couldn't let go of the sky for it would fall back onto the earth, Pangu became the pillar of the world (object that separate heaven and earth or Yin and Yang). As Pangu aged he grew taller and taller which caused a greater separation between Yin and Yang. He held the sky from the earth for 18,000 years. He began to grow tired and felt that the distance between the two was great enough to allow him to lay down and rest. He then fell asleep and died in his sleep (Rosenberg, 361). His body then formed va


 
 
 
 
 
 



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