Mythology of China

Myths helped explain the world for ancient humans. Most ancient civilizations enjoyed their own versions of how the world began and how people first inhabited it, so did the Chinese. This series explores some of the most widely spread versions of Chinese myths.
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The magical seeds which created ancient China's farms

Relying on nature to provide food wasn't sustainable, so Emperor Yan took his people on a quest.
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Nuwa mends a hole in the sky

When heaven and Earth were in serious disruption due to a number of catastrophes, Nuwa saved the day and made the world reborn.
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Netting their food without hands

When the angry Dragon King set a difficult task for the leader of the humans he failed to take account of man's ingenuity.
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Coming to terms with the changing seasons

Chinese people have long been used to dividing a year into 24 solar terms. The calendar is believed to have originated with just eight solar terms created in ancient times. 
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Explaining the world in eight diagrams

A mysterious map said to be created by Fuxi, the first man in the world, tries to explain the fundamental rules of the universe. 
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Why humans pushed heaven farther away

The death of a nine-head bird after the first bow and arrow was invented sparked an invasion of monsters and efforts to separate heaven and earth. 
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The divine birds that overcame obstacles

Vulnerable to the elements and fierce beasts, early humans were inspired by nature to find solutions as they faced troubles when they headed west led by the world's first couple.
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Human race molded from the earth

Legend has it that human beings multiplied after the first woman saw her reflection in a stream and began to make figures in her image. 
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Fuxi and Nuwa create the world

Another Chinese version of how the world began tells of a couple, similar of Adam and Eve in the Bible, and how they received the gods' blessing.
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The myths that shaped China

Myths helped explain the world for ancient humans. Most civilizations enjoyed their own versions of how the world began and how people first inhabited it, so did the Chinese. 
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