Chinese Myth and Legend Review
Euhumerization vs. Reverse euhemerization
-the process of a person over time recognize as a god.
-god over time become as historical people. (Yellow emperor)
Text which contains the events and plots that keeps undated, print and reprint, copy and
recopies until the date.
Yellow emperor an example of reverse euhemerization
Because he was originally a god, over time process, human recognized him as a historical
The five elements:
Wood- east, green, dragon, associated with Tai Hao(Fu xi)-they invent 8 trigram
Fire- south, red, bird, (Yan Di)
Earth- center, yellow, dragon, (yellow emperor)
Metal- west, tiger, (Shao Hao)
Water- north, black, snake, (Zhuan Xu)
Two principal meaning of Di
- god, emperor
2 creation myths associated with Nu Wa
-she created human using clay, molding out of mud
-produced human beings by mating with her brother Fu Xi
Myth of Pan Gu
-born from an egg and after he was born, the egg broken and the heaven and earth are
-his body forms the world after he died.
Concept of Yin and Yang
-Yin is dark, negative, cold
-yang is bright, positive, warm,
-each with a seed of the other within
The mythical beings Shen Nong and Hou Ji have in common
They are the gods of agriculture.
Di Jun had 10 sons with Xi He and twelve daughters with Chang Xi
-10 sons are the 10 suns
-12 daughters are 12 moons
What creature is ordinarily thought of as being inside of the ten suns?
- Black birds
In Han dynasty carving why are Nu Wa and Fu Xi portrayed with intertwined serpent
-they created human beings and it is ancestor of human, that shows people they were
What are the strange circumstances concerning the birth of Great Yu?
-he was born from died dragon’s belly.
Where is the queen mother of the west’s palace located?
-mountain of Kun Lun (also is place where yellow emperor live)
What is mythical explanation for the fact that rivers in china tend to flow from northwest