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.

Yellow Emperor victorious in Zhuolu Battle

Chinese people traditionally think of themselves as descendants of the legendary Yellow or Yan emperors credited with uniting the numerous warring tribes of ancient China.
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Weaving Maid legend bridges Milky Way

On every seventh day of the seventh lunar month, magpies will come together, bridging the Milky Way, so that two lovers who have been separated can reunite once every year.
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Yellow Emperor's masterful music man

Rite and Music are important parts of ancient Chinese civilization.  Apart from serving big ceremonies, they were also believed to help keep a harmonious and ordered society.  
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Language of footprints in the snow

When Cang Jie heard hunters talk about tracking animals, he realized patterns could be used to record events.
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Legend of the Silkworm God

An emperor's proposal after meeting the beautiful Leizu led to the spread of silkworm raising throughout China.
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Tales of the 3 emperor's daughters

Mulberry, Spirit and Bird suffered misfortune, yet their inspiring deeds greatly benefited the human race.
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Tribal leader laid down his life for medicine

An ancient Chinese legend tells the tale of Shennong who searched the world for herbs that would save his people from disease.
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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.