S1E4 | 女娲造人
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Last week, we heard the story of the Pangu – and watched as he split the sky from the earth, and created the world. Yet in the splendor of the world that Pangu made, we – humans – were nowhere to be found. So how, according to Chinese mythology, did humans come to be? The answer to our question has a name: and her name was Nüwa… this is her story.
上周啊，我们听了盘古开天辟地的故事。不过，在盘古所创造的世界里，我们 – 人类– 却还没有出现。那么我们是从哪里来呢？答案掌握在….一位名叫女娲的女神手中。这，就是女娲造人的故事。
Out of the mists of the brand new world came the goddess Nüwa. She was as tall as the mountains, with eyes that shone like stars. Nüwa had no legs – instead her body ended in a magnificent snake tail. Her tail, covered in colorful scales, glittered and shimmered under the sun.
从新世界的烟雾中，出现了女神女娲。她的身体像高山一样高，双眼像星星一样亮。女娲没有双腿 – 但是，她却有一条五颜六色的蛇尾巴。女娲尾巴上的鳞片在阳光下发出七彩的光芒。
As Nüwa crossed the grassy plains of the earth, her tail would sweep the ground like a giant paintbrush. And wherever her shining tail touched, brightly colored wild-flowers would spring up in its wake!
One day, Nüwa came by a river full of silver fish. She looked down at the water, and saw the fishes darting to and fro，as if in dance! Then, Nüwa looked to the sky, and saw birds flying in flock. And as they flew, they sang a cheerful tune! But though Nüwa searched high and low, she could not find another like herself.
Nüwa was terribly lonely, for there was no one with whom she could laugh
… or dance,
… or sing…
Nüwa sat down by the river and gazed sadly into the water. And there, in the water, she saw someone gazing right back at her!
女娲在河边坐了下来，低头伤心地往河面望去。而在水中，她看见了另一个人 - 那另一个人也正看着女娲！
Nüwa leaned closer… and that someone leaned closer too!
Nüwa smiled… and that someone smiled back!
And as Nüwa gazed at her own reflection, an idea came to her:
“I shall make myself some companions! Then I shall no longer be lonely!”
“我为自创造一些伙伴, 我就不会孤单了！ ”
And so, Nüwa took a handful of soft mud, and she molded it into a little person who looked very much like her (though with two legs in the place of a tail). Nüwa placed the little mud person onto the ground. As soon as its feet touched solid earth, the little person began to laugh, to dance, and to sing!
于是，女娲拿了一些泥土， 做了一个和她长得很像的人!（只不过这小泥人有两条腿，没有尾巴）. 女娲把小泥人放在地上，小泥人的脚刚着地，竟然开始欢笑起来, 又是跳舞又是唱歌!
Delighted, Nüwa made another mud child…and then another…and another! Before long, there was a crowd of them around Nüwa! Soon, the sound of laughter and delight filled the air!
女娲高兴极了！ 于是，她又做了一个小泥娃娃 - 做了一个又一个。没过多久，一群小泥人围绕着女娲，又是唱歌又是跳舞,一片欢声笑语!
These little people, according to legend, were the very first humans! And Nüwa loved them very much, for they were all her children.
From that day on, Nüwa was no longer lonely - for her children had children, and those children had children too! Generation upon generation followed, until the whole wide world was full of happy people!
Nüwa, smiled. All was well.
… or was it?
While Nüwa’s children danced and played, in the distance a war was brewing. A war between two gods…
Alright Panda Cubs, that was our story for this week! What happened next, you might ask? What is this war, and what does it have to do with Nüwa – or her children? Panda and I will tell you… next week!