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Unformatted text preview: RELG 253 07/01/2008 12:39:00 ← The Myth of P’an-ku ← Formation of the Earth. P’an-ku was a god, when he died his body became the thunder, sky, soil, trees, water, etc… The parasites on his body became human beings. ← This creation myth is recent (3 rd c. BCE). ← Pattern: texts which claim to describe more and more ancient things are more and more recent compositions. Reason: the history gets filled in. (?). Thousands of years ago, there weren’t ma ny texts to describe myths, events. ← Why didn’t the Chinese have a myth of origin? The Chinese aren’t interested in the factual origins of their civilization, they’re interested in their m oral origins. ← There are a lot of Westerners who want to start studying Chinese religions with a creation story, but that’s just because Christianity starts with an origin story. • Beginning of yin-yang thought. – Dark and light. Heaven and earth were once one, then they Beginning of yin-yang thought....
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- Winter '08
- Chinese mythology, possibly historical figures, Yu Yellow emperor