盤古開天闢地Pángǔ kāitiān pìdì Pan Gu the Creator of the world

 

盤古開天闢地Pángǔ kāitiān pìdì

 

Pan Gu the Creator of the world

 

 

As to the formation of the earth, how many incredible myths and legends did all human beings have in their mind? There was a saying 盤古開天闢地Pángǔ kāitiān pìdì “ Pan Gu the Creator of the world “, how did this saying come into being ? How did Pan Gu create this colorful world? From whom did human beings originate?

 

 According to the legend, in the beginning, there was nothing but a formless chaos. The so-called cosmos was just like an egg. There was no air, no land and no life, and all was in a state of chaos and obscurity.

 

 From no one knows where, a gigantic life-form came into beginning in the chaos , the extremely huge giant grew and had slept in the dark and chaotic egg for eighteen thousand years. Suddenly, the giant woke up one day. He saw nothing around him but obscurity. He felt very uncomfortable, as if he were bound up with a rope. The earth’s first impression on him was rather terrible.

 

The giant decided to try to stretch out his limbs and muscles. Unexpectedly, he ended up with breaking this huge chaotic egg into pieces. The giant looked around excitedly, but what he could see far and near was still darkness and chaos. What should he do now?

 

So he sat down to think about how to find a solution to this. During his meditation the giant got himself a name “Pang Gu.” Heaven had to be larger and higher, so Pan Gu tried to prop up the sky with his hands and his feet planted firmly on the earth, and in this way he managed to prevent the heaven from falling down back to the earth.

 

Therefore, Pan Gu had remained in this position without any break or sleep. What he ate every day was only the mist that floated into his mouth.

 

 At first, he could only take a bit relaxation with his elbows resting in his knees. Time flew by, and eighteen thousand years seemed to pass in an instant. Finally Pan Gu could stand straight up and hold his hands higher to support the heaven. Each day the heaven grew ten feet higher, the earth ten feet deeper, and Pan Gu ten feet taller.

 

 Another eighteen thousand years went by, finally the heaven was high to its extreme, the earth was deep to its extreme, and Pan Gu’s body tall to his extreme. Pan Gu stood lonely like this, and no one knows how many years had passed by. The structure between the heaven and the earth had become quite solid, and Pan Gu did not have to worry about them joining together again. Pan Gu used up the last bit of his energy, eventually he collapsed and never stood up again.

 

 Just before Pan Gu’s death, the world around him changed greatly. His breath become the wind and clouds, his voice the thunder, his left eye the Sun, and his right eye the Moon,  his body forming into the famous mountains and extremes of the world, his blood the rivers and sees, his artery and veins the paths and roads, his muscles the farmland, and his hairs bushes and forests, even his teeth bones and bone marrow become minerals, germs pearls and jade.

 

The bush and verdant plants on the earth were transfigured from the the skin, and hairs of Pan Gu. While the most useless sweet of his boy fell as rain and dew. All in all, Pan Gu the Creator of the world sacrificed the whole body to enrich the newly- born world and make it beautiful and vivacious.

 


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