The Chinese Culture
December 20, 1996
the stories the Chinese created to explain the world around them, and generally
these people are.
The Southwest Creation Story
which started on a mountain and reached all the way up to heaven’s door. It
other was a boy.
it had its benefits but too much of it ruined his crops, destroyed his livestock
and every time it rained the roof of the house was destroyed. And every time
the man rebuilt it, he made it thicker and thicker. He blamed all his
misfortune on the Duke of Thunder. The Duke of Thunder was one of the gods who
Duke very much and had a pure hatred of him.
Every time it rained the Duke would descend from the heavens and stand on a
hilltop. There he would watch with pure delight as the rains and thunder came
down harder and harder. Finally the man had had enough. One day he took his
axe and waited on the hilltop for the Duke to arrive. When the rains came so did
the Duke, and the man slashed him in the back. The Duke was
hurt but not killed because he was a god. The man caged him and brought him
especially not give him water. The next morning was a beautiful sunny one, but
the Duke looked horrible almost as if he was dehydrating. The man told the
children he had to go to the market and said again not to go near the Duke no
following their father’s orders. The Duke pretended he was dead with his mouth
hung open and he had his lips very dry.
The girl was worried, she thought he was dying so she gave him one drop of
water. The Duke instantly jumped back up and tore apart the cage. The
children were terrified. He came over to them and promised them that they
will be rewarded for their deed. He gave them a small egg and told them to
plant it in the ground and then he left. When the man came back he was
shocked by what had happened. He knew the Duke would be very angry and would
punish him. So he didn’t waste any time and started to build a ship. After
a month’s time the ship was finished. It was built out of the strongest
material known to him.
Meanwhile the egg the children planted had grown to a size of about two small
people. Then one day what the man had anticipated came. Huge torrential
downpours of rain started and there were tremendous floods. The man jumped into
the ship he built, in his panic he had forgotten about the children. They had
in his ship reached all the way to the door of the heavens. He banged the doors
and yelled let me in! The gods didn’t want mortals in the heavens, so the Duke
was ordered to recede the floods. He took the floods back so fast that the man
fell back to the earth and was crushed by his ship.
The children in the soft egg bounced back to the ground safely. When they came
out, they saw everything was destroyed. They were the only ones left. They
lived happily for a while and after some time they had a child. Because they
two kids chopped up the baby into tiny pieces and put him in a bag, and they
The bag ripped before they could reach to the top and all the pieces
fell back to earth. They fell all over the continents, and from them the new
people developed. They were different in appearance from each other depending
different from each other. This myth suggests that man was more responsible for
the creation of the new humans than the gods. Because of the actions of the man
the people were created.
The Heritage of a King
to find out his fate. Zoa was a survivor. When he was little his parents were
assassinated. An attempt at his life was also made but his older brother
his power. He stayed in exile with his brother until he was older. Over the
years his hatred of his uncle had made Zoa a very stern man. He had wowed to
also were against the king. Then finally the day he had been waiting for had
the huge overconfident king’s army. He killed the king and took over the
throne. Years went by and he himself became overconfident and selfish. He
on this planet could defeat him. As time went by he became just like his
uncle. Absolute power had corrupted him.
Then one day he declared to all his subjects that he was a god and expected to
be worshipped. This was too much for the people, they rebelled but Zoa crushed
man’s name was Hou. He told the king that there will be a man who will kill him
soon. And that man would be a close relative of his.
The king knew exactly whom Hou was talking about. Zoa’s son Zhuan was almost
the age where he could become king if something happened to his father.
Immediately Zoa ordered Zhuan to be imprisoned. He said this was another
example of how clever he was, he said he saw the future and beat fate’s
destiny. He even said that he was better than any other god the people
believed in. When he went to see Zhuan his older brother went with him.
Zhuan pleaded with Zoa and said he would never even think of killing his own
father. But Zoa didn’t believe him.
He sentenced Zhuan to death. But before Zhuan could be killed older Zoa’s
brother beheaded him when he facing his son. Zoa was killed by his own
brother who was ashamed of what his younger sibling had become. What the
magician didn’t tell Zoa was which close relative would kill him. Zoa who
had become overconfident wasn’t as great as he thought he was. And he was
too arrogant to not know that the gods should not be challenged. This myth
tells that becoming overconfident will eventually hurt you and that no one
could beat their destiny. The Chinese in this story believed in the gods,
they were very religious people and this myth tells that the gods should not
Both of these myths were written a long time ago and I don’t think that the
people today still believe in these myths as strongly as the people who wrote
custom as the ancient people did but we don’t have as much as a strong believe
in ghosts and goblins as our ancestors did.
*Chinese Myths.* Grolier Encyclopaedia, 12th ed. 1996.