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#1 Ghost_of_Han

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 01:06 PM

She was one of the First Chinese Gods. She was said to have the lower body of a dragon or a snake. She created marriage, the whistle, taught how to make dams and irrigation. She is also the "stork" of china, because she grants children. She was know for doing battle with the famous monster or demon "Gong Gong". Gong Gong is our version of the Devil.

Her most famous Myth is she was in charge of making humans, so she got clay and began to hand mold the humans out of clay. She grew tried of doing it, so she dip a rope in mud and swung it around, sending mud all over China. The hand molded humans become the noble and wealth people, and the mud becomes the rest of the poor people or commoners.

She has some minor legends about ten ghost were created from her organs and haunt the oceans beyond the northwest. She also was said to protect the land of Qi, by melting colors stones, to mend the sky, cut off a turtles legs to support the land, and killed a Black dragon to save the people.

weird fact: Have you ever used "AXE, Essence" the bodyspary/deodorant, well the symbol with the intertwined dragons is actually derived from Nu Wa, and Fu Xi (her husband). When they are seen together they twisted them selves together (like on the Axe can), and Nu Wa hold a compass (symbol of the earth), and Fu Xi holds a square (symbol of Heaven).

Anymore information is welcomed and wanted on this.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 05:20 PM

Nu Wa is the creature godess and it is said she made the people out of clay. And the lower class she made out of mud. Fu Xi is said to have tought the chinese to hunt, trap, fish, etc.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 05:26 PM

I think she was also known as N-gua, N-kua, and Nu Kwa.

From Encyclopedia Mythica:

The Chinese creator goddess who created the first humans from yellow earth, after Heaven and Earth had separated. Since this process was too tedious and time-consuming she dipped a rope into mud and then swung it about her. Soon the earth around her was covered with lumps of mud. The handmade figurines became the wealthy and the noble; those that arose from the splashes of mud were the poor and the common.

N-gua is one of the most popular goddesses and is worshipped both as the intermediary between men and women, and as the goddess who grants children. She invented the whistle, instituted marriage and instructed mankind in the art of building dams and channels for irrigation. N-gua is also credited with the restoration of the universe after it had been devastated by the monster Gong Gong.

A particular myth tells that at a certain time the cardinal points where no longer in the proper place, exposing the nine realms. N-gua melted colored stones to mend the azure skies, cut off the lags of a turtle to support the cardinal points, and slayed a black dragon to save the land of Qi. Another myths states that beyond the northwesters ocean there live ten ghosts who were fashioned from her bowels.

Her alleged husband (and brother) is the god Fu Xi. Like her brother, the lower part of her body is portrayed as that of a dragon. When they are represented together, their tails are intertwined. She holds a compass, the symbol of Earth, and her husband holds a set square, the symbol of Heaven.


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Posted 09 June 2004 - 05:57 PM

Well I'll be that the same exact summary that kong ming . net used look here

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 11:04 AM

I'm pretty sure that they both came from Jan Knapperts Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern Mythology & Religion.
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Posted 11 June 2004 - 12:10 AM

Notice that it is only in Judeo-Christian-Islam trinity that the creation God is portrayed as a patriarch. In Chinese mythology, the creation God (or rather Goddess) is a matriarch.

Still, there are some that suggests that both Nu Wa and Fu Xi were tribal chieftains of their day and their names were passed down by mouth and it eventually grew into a legend.
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Posted 11 June 2004 - 06:42 AM

Nu Wa is summonable in the game Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, and we have a little webpage for her at the following link. It includes some background history.

http://emperor.heave...nfo/heroes/nuwa
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Posted 15 June 2004 - 03:18 AM

I think in greek mythology, the creation God is also a matriarch.
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Posted 02 July 2004 - 07:48 PM

Nu Wa is summonable in the game Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, and we have a little webpage for her at the following link. It includes some background history.

http://emperor.heave...nfo/heroes/nuwa

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Posted 02 July 2004 - 09:14 PM

Here is a portrait of Nuwa
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Posted 02 July 2004 - 09:30 PM

I'll slightly explain the legend of Nwa's creation of humans (女娲造人)

The legend of Nwa's creation of humans was a legendary explanation of how humans originate in ancient times.

Nwa (女娲) is one of chinese gods. After the creation of the world and universe by Pan Gu, the world has mountains, rivers, trees , birds and animals, but not a single human. Nwa was alone and felt lonely.

One day, she was at a lake and saw her mirror image. She came forth the idea of mixing clay with water and mimic her image to form a life body, which is called "human". At first, she uses her bare hands to press and form the clay human. Later she uses a cane, dip it into the clay-mud, bring out and splatter on the earth. Those mud droplets splatted became humans. From then on, the world had traces of humans. In order to allow human beings to survive till next generations, she had male and female humans mated and this produced offsprings till next generations.

The legend is a glimpse of history. The Nwa reflected the society conditions of hte period and how humans came to think how they originate. This legend appeareed roughly during the neolithic (tool age) period in chinese history. At that time, humans already knew how to use clay to built various porcelain. It involves using the clay to mix with water to form the porcelain. From this, they came to think and visualise using the same method to create clay-human. But how did the clay-human become life? This was unable to be explained in prehistoric times and thus they pushed this explanation to that of god (that god gives the clay-human life).

In addition, the legend of Nwa was also a reflection of the mother's clan society that existed in neolithic period.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 05:26 AM

In the Novel, "Creation of the GOds" Nu Wa instigates the curse on King Zhou of Shang after he comes onto her statue.
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Posted 24 September 2007 - 05:27 PM

Ah...pictures....

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:28 PM

According to the Fengshen Yanyi, Nu Wa was offended by (King Zhou of Shang/Yin) Di Xin's impiety, and summoned a fox spirit (Hulijing) into the king's wife Daji to bring about the decay of the Shang/Yin and the rise of the Zhou.
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Posted 04 May 2008 - 12:44 PM

In reference to Nu Wa's repairing the sky; I just started reading a dream of red mansions which explains:

"When the goddess Nu Wa melted down rocks to repair the sky, at Baseless Cliff in the Great Waste Mountain she made thirty-six thousand five hundred and one blocks of stone, each a hundred and twenty feet high and two hundred and forty feet square. She used only thirty-six thousand five hundred of these and threw the remaining block down at the foot of "Blue Ridge" [(homophone for "roots of love")] peak."


the story of the rock continues, turning out to be an explanation of the underlying theme of, a dream of red mansions. I had to read the beginning twice (in english) and still have to re-read it!!

Edited by l0ckx, 04 May 2008 - 12:46 PM.





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