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Who Created the World in Chinese Mythology?

Updated on January 3, 2012

How did the world began in Chinese Culture?

How did the earth begin? Nowadays scientists think it originated from the “Big Bang”. There is a well-known Chinese Myth about how it begun.

A Giant Broke the Egg
A Giant Broke the Egg | Source

A Well Known Chinese Myth

Long time ago, there was nothing but darkness in the universe. Chaos ruled. Within the darkness there formed a big egg. A giant formed in the egg, and slept in it for a long time. 180 million years latter, he woke up opening his eyes, only to find he could see nothing but darkness.

This giant was Pangu. He stretched his big hand into the darkness, and the egg broke with a loud bang. Then something strange happened. The lighter part of the egg floated upwards to form the heaven, while the denser part sank and formed the earth. At first Pangu was excited about this, but he felt a little worried latter, because he was afraid that one day, these two parts might meld together again.

What should he do to prevent this?

An idea came into his mind. He stood between the heaven and the earth with his hands holding up the sky and his feet on the earth. Meanwhile, he grew taller and taller. After 18000 years, the distance between the sky and the earth was even 90000 kilometers. Sadly, he was so tired from standing there holding up the heaven that he died. After his death, his eyes became the sun the moon to bring the brightness, the breath from his mouth became the wind and cloud, his hair and beard became the stars in the sky, his flesh became soil and tees that grew on it, his sweat became the dew and his trunk became the mountains.

What did you think his blood become?


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      reeem 4 years ago

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      Jacob Z 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      His blood became the rivers and oceans?

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      aboutchina 6 years ago from China

      Not correct. haha

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      Lissette 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love how colorful and meaningful old chinese stories are. I appreciate you sharing them with us in english.

      If I had to guess what the blood would be, I would have to say it is the lava and magma. Our heart is our core and pumps life giving blood inside of us. His blood would be held at the earth's core and course thru the veins below the earth.