Nu Kua The Goddess Of Creation  

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"NU-KUA "IS THE ANCIENT CHINESE GODDESS OF CREATION, THE DIVINE FOREMOTHER OF HUMANS. SHE IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST POWERFUL OF THE FEMALE DEITIES FROM ONE OF THE EARTH'S OLDEST CIVILIZATIONS. SHE IS DEPICTED AS A BEAUTIFUL CREATURE, HALF-WOMAN, HALF-DRAGON...WHO WANDERS THE EARTH. IT IS SHE WHO CREATED ORDER FROM THE PRIMORDIAL CHAOS OF THE UNIVERSE, SETTLING THE LAND, THE SEA, AND THE SKY INTO PLACE. THE FOLLOWING MYTH TELLS THE STORY OF HOW THE WORLD BEGAN.

IN THE BEGINNING OF TIME, THERE WAS NOTHING BUT A COSMIC EGG WHICH WAS FORMED OF CHAOS. A GIANT NAMED P'AN KUN WAS FORMED FROM THE CHAOS; HE SLEPT FOR 18,000 YEARS, AND WHEN HE AWAKENED, THE EGG CRACKED, AND DARKNESS POURED OUT...ALONG WITH THE LIGHT WHICH HAD BEEN HIDDEN WITHIN THE CHAOS. THE DARKNESS FELL TO CREATE THE EARTH, WHILE THE LIGHT FRAGMENTS JOINED TOGETHER AND CREATED THE HEAVENS (YIN AND YANG). HOWEVER, P'AN KUN FEARED THAT CHAOS MIGHT RETURN IF THE LIGHT FELL INTO THE DARK BELOW, HE MADE IT HIS MISSION TO KEEP THE TWO SEPARATED UNTIL HE WAS SURE IT WAS SAFE.

THOUSANDS OF YEARS PASSED BY; EVENTUALLY, P'AN KU SUNK DOWN INTO THE EARTH IN EXHAUSTION AND DIED. HIS EXPIRED BREATH BECAME WIND AND CLOUDS WHILE HIS BODY AND HIS LIMBS FORMED THE MOUNTAINS AND HILLS. HIS BLOOD BEGAN TO FLOW AS THE STREAMS AND THE RIVERS. HIS HAIR TOOK ROOT BECAME THE VEGETATION; HIS TEETH BECAME THE MINERALS AND THE PRECIOUS GEMS.

IT WAS THEN THAT N"u-KUA EMERGED FROM THE HEAVENS AND ROAMED THE EARTH AND WAS AWED BY ALL OF ITS BEAUTY, BUT THE WORLD WAS DEVOID OF CREATURES, AND SHE HAD NO ONE BUT HERSELF TO ENJOY IT. SO, SHE DECIDED THAT SHE WOULD CREATE HUMANS SO P'AN KU'S SACRIFICE WOULD NOT BE IN VAIN. SHE SCOOPED UP THE YELLOW CLAY AND LOVINGLY MADE SCORES OF MEN AND WOMEN, LINING THEM UP IN FRONT OF HER, BUT AS PERFECT AS HER CREATIONS APPEARED, THEY HAD NO LIFE. THERE WERE MERE STATUES. SHE PICKED THEM UP, AND ONE BY ONE, SHE BREATHED HER DIVINE BREATH INTO THEIR LIFELESS BODIES. AT FIRST, SHE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN MOLDING THEM, BUT AFTER AWHILE, IT BECAME SO TEDIOUS THAT SHE BEGAN DIPPING A ROPE SLIP INTO THE CLAY, THEN SHAKING IT SO THAT DROPS SPLATTERED TO THE GROUND. THUS, TWO TYPES OF HUMANS WERE BORN. FROM THE MOLDED FIGURES CAME THE NOBLES; FROM THE CLAY DROPS, THE PEASANTS WERE BORN.



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