Pangu is thought to be a Miao creationist legend adopted by the Chinese because there was no competiting mythology (The Yellow Emperor "founded" the civilization, he didn't "create" the human race)
Before the Five Di-Emperors (including the Yellow Emperor) regarded as the founders of the Chinese civilization, there are the earlier three Huang-Emperors who founded or invented the age of hunting (Fu-xi), fire (Sui-ren) & agriculture (Shen-nong). The legends don't come from one source and are therefore not "coherent"-- e.g. Nu Wa the creator of the human race and Nu Wa the consort of Fu-xi
The Western Queen Mother is thought to be an important female tribal leader who also found her way into Chinese mythology-- her "appearances", like Nu Wa,is not always consistent.
Just like each video game re-tells its own "version" European history/ mythology-- different sources will give you different versions of the same legends.
The video versions of mythology is a very good example of how the stories in mythology evolve. I have been amazed at the wealth of knowledge my son has when we discuss mythology and metaphysical aspects. When I ask him where he learned something, the answer will be such and such video game. BTW it is not just European history /mythology that is being used and evolving. He often knows more of an aspect regarding Asian myth then I do, and he has not studied it. The good side of this is that these games are a teaching device, but the bad is that although the basic idea is learned, the original story is warped by each new game.
In his first post, Ghost of Han stated;
Nu Wa was Fu Xi's wife. Interestingly enough some how they were also brother and sister. Reason that is so weird is Nu Wa was a god all her life and Fu Xi was not. She was the god of marriage, she granted children,
Maybe I can explain the question about the sister/ brother/ goddess/ lover myth.
The mother/sister, lover/ son theme is common in most of the earliest mythology in western, mid eastern and Indian cultures.
It seems from the brief story above that it is also true in China.
It is always a nature based matriarchal religion.
The mother/sister always represents the earth[the Mother Earth Goddess].
The lover fertilizes the earth and the two make the son.
These religions all celebrate the seasons.
The mother/sister is always the same immortal Goddess, the lover/son are reborn each new spring, dies each Fall.
The names are interchangeable. Each culture puts its own spin on the story, but what stays the same is the Goddess Mother Earth mates with the New Year fertilizing the earth for a bountiful harvest and many animals to be born so that the hunt would be successful.
Nu Wa, the immortal Goddess is described as a snake with a head of a woman, a Naga from Indian mythology. Fu Xi is the lover/son. He is the mortal that is reborn each year to create the harvest. In his sacrifice and cyclical rebirth he becomes the immortal mate of the earth.
The lover/son is sacrificed and buried into the earth( planting the seed) his marriage to the Goddess / mother Earth is consummated and he becomes immortal.
Edited by kaiselin, 27 March 2007 - 10:50 AM.