Creation Myth

S1E5 | Nüwa Mends the Sky


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自从女娲创造人类以后, 她便不再孤单了! 因为 她的子女又有了子女。子子孙孙,一代又一代, 直到世界的每个角落都有了幸福的人们!

After Nüwa created the first humans, she 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! 

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But alas, the happy days did not last…

因为水神共工谋反, 跟火神祝融大战起来!

For the water god Gong Gong rose in rebellion against the fire god Zhu Rong!

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他们打了一整天整一夜. 最后,共工输了. 他一气之下把头朝天空狠狠地撞了去!

Their battle lasted one whole day, And one entire night!  In the end, Gong Gong lost. He flew into such a rage that he rammed his head straight into the sky! 

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The heavens shook 


and the earth trembled  


and up in the blue sky 


There appeared a crack! 

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忽然,天塌了一大块儿, 留下了一个大大的窟窿!

And suddenly, down fell an entire piece of sky - leaving behind a gaping hole!

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And from that hole, 


a torrent of water came rushing down!


The river of the heavens, milky with stars


Was now flowing to earth! 

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只不过天上的河水可 不适合大地… 那河水变成了滔滔洪水 - 把农田、村庄和百姓们都冲走了.

But the waters of heaven were not meant for this earth - for the river water became a great flood

that swept away crops, and villages and the people.

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随着洪水掉下来的那些星星, 落地以后立刻着了火! 到处都是熊熊大火…大地热 得无法忍受.

Broken stars which fell with the water caught fire when they landed - and terrible flames engulfed the land,  hot and unbearable…

女娲的子女们呼喊着, 又是悲伤又是痛苦:(

 And Nüwa’s children cried out in sorrow and in pain:(

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善良的女娲忍受不了眼看着她的子孙们如此痛苦. 她便从世界各地收集了五彩石:

The kind hearted Nüwa could not bear to see her children suffer like this. So from all four corners of the earth, she gathered stones of five brilliant hues:

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From the East she took stones of yellow amber 


From the West stones of ruby red 


From the North, blue sapphires and purple amethysts


And lastly, from the South, stones of emerald green.

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女娲把她收集到的石头放进了篮子里, 向天空飞去 ~

Nüwa placed the stones into her basket, and flew towards the sky ~

一块接一块儿, 女娲开始修补天空!

Piece by piece, Nüwa began to mend the sky!

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Ah, that’s it! 

只需要最后一块儿石头,天就会补完了! 不过当女娲伸手去拿最后那块石头…篮子却是空的.

Just one more piece of stone and the sky would be complete! But when Nüwa reached for that last piece of stone, the basket was empty. 

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What if the sky could not be fixed?  

女娲低头看着她的子孙们, 从她的双眼里落下了泪水。 泪水落向大地, 变成了温柔的雨, 把熊熊烈火扑灭了.  然后,女娲摇身一变,把自己的身体变成了最后那一块石头, 终于把天空中的缺口补修好了。

Nüwa gazed down at her children, and cool tears fell from her eyes。 As the tears fell to the earth, they became gentle rain which doused the raging fires. And then Nüwa transformed her own body into that last piece of stone, and filled the hole in the center of the sky. 

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Nüwa mended the sky…but what happened to her? Is she gone forever? 


Don’t worry!

有的时候啊,你依然能够看见女娲. 在大雨过后太阳出来的时候, 抬起头往上看! 女娲就在天上 - 穿着五颜六色的衣服…天空中的一个彩虹!

 Sometimes, you can see Nüwa still! When the sun comes out after a storm, lift your head and look up! And there is Nüwa, right in the sky, clothed in the most brilliant of colors - a rainbow at the center of the sky! 

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The End! … For now:)

We’ll see you next week!

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S1E4 | Nüwa Mother of All

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。

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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。

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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! 


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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. 

有一天,女娲来到了河边。河里有许多银色的小鱼。 女娲望着河中的鱼儿们,游来游去,像是在跳舞!女娲又向天空望去,看见鸟儿们在一起飞翔。鸟儿们一边飞,一边唱着快乐歌谣。但女娲找来找去,却找不到和她一样的人!

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Nüwa was terribly lonely, for there was no one with whom she could laugh



     … or dance, 



        … or sing… 


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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! 

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Nüwa leaned closer… and that someone leaned closer too! 

女娲靠近了一些 ,那个人也靠近了一些!

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Nüwa smiled… and that someone smiled back! 

女娲笑了笑, 而那个人也笑了笑! 

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And as Nüwa gazed at her own reflection, an idea came to her: 

女娲看着自己的倒影, 突然有了一个主意:  

“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! ”

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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!

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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! 

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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! 

从那天开始,女娲不再孤单了。因为,后来,她的子女又有了子女。子子孙孙,一代又一代, 直到世界的每个角落都有了幸福的人们!

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Nüwa, smiled. All was well.


… or was it? 

…不过, 一切真正的好了吗?

While Nüwa’s children danced and played, in the distance a war was brewing. A war between two gods…


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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! 


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S1E3 | The Sky, The Earth, and Pangu

S1E3 | 盘古开天

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*note, videos for these episodes are linked at the very end of this blog post! :)

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In the beginning, all was darkness. If you were to reach out your arm – you wouldn’t even be able to see the fingers on your hand!… but then again, there were no hands.  There was no you… or me…or anyone at all!


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 Yes, in the beginning, all was darkness. In the beginning, all was chaos. 


Now, our universe swirled in chaos for 18,000 years (一万八千年). And in that time, bit by bit, some of that chaos gathered into a glowing egg!


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One day, the egg began to glow brighter than ever before!  Suddenly, with a tremendous bang, the egg burst into a thousand shards of brilliant light! 


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When the light faded, there, where the glowing egg had been, stood a figure. Two mighty horns rose from its head, and soft fur covered its body. In its hand, it held a mighty ax. 


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This was a giant – and his name, was Pangu.


Pangu reached out an arm… and felt nothing – for there was nothing out there (apart from him). Then, Pangu wiggled his fingers before his eyes… but he saw nothing. For all was still murky and dark. 

盘古伸出一只手摸了摸…却什么都没摸着——因为除了他,世界上还什么都没有。盘古又在眼前摆动了一下他的手指头… 不过他什么都没看见… 因为一切依然还在黑暗中。

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So, Pangu raised his mighty ax, and he took a mighty swing! And just like this, Pangu split the chaos into two!


Cleaved in two, the chaos began separate: that which was light and clear (the Yang), began to rise and float. This became the sky. That which was heavy and dark (the Yin) sank...and this became the earth.


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Pangu worried that the sky and earth, so newly formed, might collapse into chaos again. And so he put down his ax. He dug his two feet deep into the the earth, and he placed two strong hands into the blue of a brand new sky. 

盘古担心刚才被分开的天和地,还有可能又合起来。于是,他放下斧头. 盘古把双脚稳稳的往地上一站,举起双手往天上一撑… 

And Pangu began to push… and push… and push.


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Every day, the sky grew 10 feet higher. And every night, the earth sank 10 feet lower. As for Pangu, he also grew taller, day by day, stretching alongside the sky and the earth. Just like this, Pangu pushed and Pangu stretched… and year after year, the sky and the earth grew further and further apart.  


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Finally, after another 18,000 years, Pangu stopped. He raised his head, and looked at the blue sky. He sat down, and dug toes into the soft brown earth. Pangu smiled. It was done. 


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And now… Pangu was tired. He had worked hard, and for a very long time. It was time to rest.  And so Pangu lay down on the ground, and sank into a deep sleep. And as Pangu slept, his breath swept over the land, and became the wind and the clouds. And as Pangu snored, his voice became the thunder. 


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His left eye became the golden sun, and his right eye the silver moon.


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His four limbs became the four directions: 东East, 南 South, 西 West, and 北 North.


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Pangu’s muscles became the mountains and valleys of our land, and the blood in his veins transformed into the rivers, lakes, and seas.


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His sweat and tears became the gentle rain that nourishes our land, and the fur that covered his body became grass, flowers and trees! Even the fleas on his body transformed into the animals we see today! 


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As for Pangu, he sleeps on to this very day, dreaming dreams of the world  he has made!


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